Archinect - News 2015-07-05T02:14:09-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/131099299/floating-city-project-advances-to-phase-ii Floating City Project advances to Phase II Nam Henderson 2015-07-04T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:12:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofzyq0dorwkv8344.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We closed 2014 by taking a delegation of architects and engineers to an undisclosed location where we hope to locate the first floating city in the sea nearby. We believe there could be a market on our floating city for residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a powerplant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Seasteading Institute continues to work towards their goal of establishing the first floating city with significant political autonomy by 2020. Currently they are focusing on - enhancing novel seastead designs, which includes wave tank testing and acquiring more detailed financial calculations;&nbsp;deepening our diplomatic negotiations with several potential host nations;&nbsp;collecting potential resident feedback; and&nbsp;prospecting investors.</p><p>To learn more details about progress on Phase II, read a report from the&nbsp;<strong><a title="Floating City Project Update, Dec 2014" href="http://www.seasteading.org/2014/12/floating-city-project-update-dec-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fact-finding &amp; Diplomatic Floating City Project Mission</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Executive Director Randolph Hencken.</p><p>Previously on Archinect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75357/libertarian-ocean-colonies-of-the-future-or-the-next-playboy-villa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90120/seasteading-competition-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101096460/for-libertarian-utopia-float-away-on-startup-nation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="514" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T21:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the drought is a gusher for a growing number of tech startups in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, the buzzy term for the trend of connecting devices and data in the physical realm to the Internet. Getting more sensors into the environment will help thousands of farms, businesses and cities figure out where water is going and how it can be diverted for the most efficient use. Agriculture is the area most ripe for collecting more and higher-quality data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130814370/london-to-try-out-an-all-electric-double-decker-bus London to try out an all-electric double-decker bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at7gvkp9op4sc95g.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[London Mayor Boris] Johnson, who uses the city&rsquo;s bike-share system to commute to work most days, told the Guardian that he would welcome the quieter, greener buses on his city&rsquo;s streets, saying current buses are like &ldquo;throbbing, belching machines that emit their fumes like wounded war-elephants&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2008, London Mayor Boris Johnson has introduced over 1,300 hybrid buses onto city streets, and all-electric single-decker buses have been in use since 2013. It was previously thought that all-electric double-decker buses weren't feasible &ndash; their size makes them too difficult to efficiently power with electricity alone. BYD, the Chinese firm that will build the new all-electric buses, can provide batteries that will "apparently be light and cheap enough" to power London's iconic double-deckers. The first pilot bus will begin operating on London's Route 16 this October.</p><p>More news from London:</p><ul><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li><li><a title="SelgasCano's &quot;psychedelic chrysalis&quot; Serpentine Pavilion is now open" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano's "psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion is now open</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7yrtfe6hyjo8vht.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130672103/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto “Fifty shades of green”: Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto Orhan Ayyüce 2015-06-29T01:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:51:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld0o66hcx4zzm46j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is where we encounter this strange animal, this monster, &ldquo;ecomodernism&rdquo;, that I am not sure we should learn to love, and that triggers in me, I have to confess, a deep antipathy. It sounds much like the news that an electronic cigarette is going to save a chain smoker from addiction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ecomodernism? Sounds good but majorly flawed according to Bruno Latour, who takes on its modernity, PR and philosophical tardiness.</p><p>"Wake up you ecomoderns, we are in the Anthropocene,&nbsp;not in the Holocene, nor are we to ever reside in the enchanted dream of&nbsp;futurism. Down to earth is the message I hear, but unfortunately not in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ecomodernism.org/manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecomodernist</a> manifesto."</p><p>Anything from electronic cigarettes <em>"to the dreams of Californian cornucopias,"</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"to shake the Americans out of their complacent behaviour &ndash; &rdquo;the American way of life is not negotiable&rdquo;- into a form of possibilism: &rdquo;yes after all, our way of life is negotiable"..."Well, it is negotiable,&nbsp;up to a limit."</p><p><a href="http://entitleblog.org/2015/06/27/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More in;&nbsp;<em>Presentation to the panel on modernism at the Breakthrough Dialogue,&nbsp;Sausalito, June 2015,&nbsp;</em><strong>by Bruno Latour</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:51:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampoc8f1e30tvzdr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parisian taxi drivers have taken to the streets, smashing cars and burning tires to protest UberPop, a budget iteration of the car-sharing service akin to UberX in the States. Traffic came to a stop&nbsp;in the French capital, with reports of stranded travelers walking along the highway with luggage in tow, attempting to catch flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport.&nbsp;So far, 70 vehicles have been reported damaged around France and ten people arrested, according to the AP report.&nbsp;</p><p>One passenger caught in Thursday's melee was the singer Courtney Love, who tweeted throughout the experience. Love was able to escape via two men passing by on a motorcycle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd15isdkezwehwpr.jpg"></p><p>Over the past few weeks, taxi drivers have turned increasingly violent in their opposition to the car-sharing service, which they contend unfairly undercuts their business. Unlike Uber drivers, taxi drivers have to pay tens of thousands of euros for certification each year. Drivers are also frustrated by passenger complaints over a lack of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130422582/lexus-offers-a-glimpse-of-a-functional-hoverboard-prototype Lexus offers a glimpse of a functional hoverboard prototype Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T18:18:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T16:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynuo6d4p4dwpxu15.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future. The automaker has hinted it&rsquo;s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Social media lit up last night after Lexus <a href="http://www.lexus-int.com/amazinginmotion/slide/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a tantalizing promo video for a "functional hoverboard" prototype. Smoke can be seen curling up from the skateboard-like design, which features a bamboo deck and "the iconic Lexus spindle grille." The prototype uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, a technology already implemented in Japan's high-speed rail lines to eliminate friction. While the video appears to show the board hovering on a regular surface, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/6/25/8846785/lexus-hoverboard-skatepark-its-real-not-a-drill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> indicate that there is a metal track beneath the custom-designed skate park, which was built&nbsp;in a town outside of Barcelona.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i8/i886cehlvz0tsyzb.jpg"></p><p>If the video makes you nostalgic for&nbsp;<em>Back to the Future,&nbsp;</em>it's no coincidence. A more detailed release is slated for Oct. 21, the day that Marty McFly traversed back to the future.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tptbgbayar6mbfss.jpg"></p><p>Actually, this isn't actually the world's first overboard prototype. <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142464853/hendo-hoverboards-worlds-first-real-hoverboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a> is a crowd-sourced technology designed by Greg Henderson, an architect by training. Henderson joined Archinect Sessio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130270609/human-organ-mimicking-microchip-wins-designs-of-the-year-award-2015 Human organ-mimicking microchip wins Designs of the Year Award 2015 Justine Testado 2015-06-23T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:14:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8zdel8pjhkfq16xa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A microdevice called Human Organs-on-Chips is engineered with the astounding ability to mimic the complex structures, functions, and mechanical motions of whole human organs. Fabricated by scientists Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, Human Organs-on-Chips was announced today as the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year Award</a> winner in the <a href="http://designmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Museum</a>'s popular international competition.</p><p>The annual contest shows off an entertaining categorized mix of thoughtful designs whose creators range from global-brand giants to emerging entrepreneurs. Needless to say, competition is tough year after year. In 2014, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center</a> in Baku, Azerbaijan snatched the winning title.</p><p>The 2015 edition started out with <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/design_museums_designs_of_the_year_2015_nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">76 nominated Designs-of-the-Year hopefuls</a> across six categories: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121215975/get-a-glimpse-of-the-designs-of-the-year-2015-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture</a>, Digital, Fashion, Graphic, Product and Transport. (The Furniture category in previous editions appears to have been omitted.) Last month, the jury then selected the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130257729/using-lasers-to-decode-gothic-architecture Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-06-23T15:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:14:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/8918f8e5d6858053fa7e5631443fbb24.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Andrew] Tallon, 46, wasn't the first to realize that laser scanners could be used to deconstruct Gothic architecture. But he was the first to use the scans to get inside medieval builders' heads. "Every building moves," he says. "It heaves itself out of shape when foundations move, when the sun heats up on one side." How the building moves reveals its original design and the choices that the master builder had to make when construction didn't go as planned...</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/129947769/buckminster-fuller-s-operating-manual-for-spaceship-earth-now-available-as-e-book Buckminster Fuller's "Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth" now available as e-book Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-19T14:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T20:58:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0n/0nbg32kfrfeidill.jpg" width="514" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In true ephemeralizing fashion, Bucky's seminal work&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/operating-manual-for-spaceship/id1005931733?mt=11" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth</em>&nbsp;has been published on iBooks</a> by the Estate of Buckminster Fuller.&nbsp;</p><p>First published in 1968,&nbsp;<em>Operating Manu</em><em>al for Spaceship Earth</em>&nbsp;gathers Bucky's ideas of global consciousness and actions &ndash; in short, "we are all astronauts", reliant on Spaceship Earth's finite resources, which we've been excellent at squandering so far. The "operating manual" bit is not only a metaphorical device, but also refers to actual advice for designing a more sustainable future.&nbsp;</p><p>In a press release issued by the <a href="http://bfi.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buckminster Fuller Institute</a>, the e-book's release will also be the subject of BFI's newly launched&nbsp;<a href="https://bfi.org/dymaxion-forum/2015/04/dymaxion-reading-group-development" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dymaxion Reading Group</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots Justine Testado 2015-06-17T18:57:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6blqia0f0wcri1dr.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MX3D, a research and development startup company, will use robots to 3D print a pedestrian bridge across one of Amsterdam&rsquo;s canals. The versatile six-axis robotic arms will &lsquo;draw&rsquo; steel structures in 3D, starting from one side of the canal and building across until it reaches the other end. The robot will also print its own support, which allows it to work autonomously. The location of the bridge will be announced soon and construction is set to commence in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="New Googleplex will be built by robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></p><p><a title="Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots</a></p><p><a title="Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125374469/robot-gives-a-helping-hand-as-taubman-college-breaks-ground-on-new-school-addition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition</a></p><p><a title="Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106961/self-folding-robot-based-on-origami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami</a></p><p><a title="Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129787801/scarcity-of-intermediate-architects-5-to-7-years-translates-to-higher-salaries Scarcity of Intermediate Architects (5 to 7 Years) Translates to Higher Salaries Julia Ingalls 2015-06-17T12:50:00-04:00 >2015-06-17T19:26:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6v/6vn9uz3nqb5x6ien.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"This is the toughest [hiring] market I've seen in at least 20 years."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Intermediate architects with five to seven years of experience who are versed in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/62942/bim" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIM</a> and other architectural design software are the Hope Diamond to employers; rare, expensive, and highly sought after. According to an article in Crains New York, in London, Hong Kong, and New York City especially, employers are facing an incredibly tough hiring market. The employers are having to either reframe their expectations or seek less experienced employees who show exceptional promise or <a href="http://archinect.com/talentfinder" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">talent</a>. This all translates into higher salaries for those few candidates who do fulfill the job requirements, with an average salary increase of between 10 to 15 percent. This report reflects the incredible number of new <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">job listings</a> on Archinect, which has been seeing an unprecedented level of traffic over the past year.</p><p>As is the case with <a href="http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20150615/REAL_ESTATE/150619936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Szerbaty</a>, many architectural firms have placed advertisements for jobs and seen them remain unfilled for months at a time. As we've previously <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126437029/there-are-tons-of-architecture-job-openings-these-days-why-aren-t-you-hired-yet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reported on Archine...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers Justine Testado 2015-06-16T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T14:55:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvosbrg53f0n1w0q.jpg" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>University students and engineers now have a chance to contribute to the ongoing development of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/154376/elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>'s and SpaceX's high-speed ground transit system, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Hyperloop</a>. As SpaceX works toward constructing a one-mile test track near their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, they launched a design-build competition open to university students and independent engineering teams to propose their own Hyperloop human-scale transit pod. Entrants will then be able to operate their pods on the test track during Competition Weekend, currently scheduled for June 2016. And in case you were wondering, no riders will be inside any of the pods during testing.</p><p>SpaceX launched the competition in effort to accelerate the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype and, as always, to foster and promote student innovation. In the current design guidelines, entrants will have to address the pod's essential technical design features including navigation sensors, ground-operator communication, and v...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129712218/how-the-chinese-steve-jobs-is-trying-to-build-the-ideal-city How the "Chinese Steve Jobs" is trying to build the ideal city Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-06-22T21:45:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yh/yh640qzevaq696i9.jpg" width="426" height="700" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He has a vision of a future where his company makes a third of the world's buildings &ndash; all modular, all steel, and all green. &ldquo;The biggest problem we face in the world right now isn't terrorism or world war. It's climate change,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A fascinating profile of Zhang Yue, the man behind <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini Sky City</a>, a 57-story tower built in 19 days. Yue's company, the Broad Sustainable Group, was able to construct at such speeds by assembling prefab parts at the rate of 3-storeys a day. Now, Yue's set his sights on on building the full-size Sky City &ndash; a 220-story tower where residents would live and work &ndash; in seven months. That height would make it taller than Dubai's Burj Khalifa, currently&nbsp;the world's tallest building.</p><p>Watch a timelapse of the Mini Sky City building process below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129422514/book-review-shannon-mattern-s-deep-mapping-the-media-city Book Review: Shannon Mattern's "Deep Mapping the Media City" Nicholas Korody 2015-06-13T10:56:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T01:29:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8j9orctfcg0yfr5.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Amid the seemingly endless barrage of new writings about the imminent arrival of the technologically mediated &ldquo;smart city,&rdquo; a slim volume published by <a href="https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/deep-mapping-the-media-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the University of Minnesota Press</a> suggests that so-called intelligent urbanism might not be so new after all. In <em>Deep Mapping the Media City</em>, author <a href="http://www.wordsinspace.net/wordpress/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shannon Mattern</a>, an associate professor at the School of Media Studies at the New School, argues cities have been &ldquo;mediated, and intelligent, for millenia.&rdquo; Rather than arbitrary ruptures, our cities have developed over time, as new infrastructural developments build off &ndash; or plug into&nbsp;&ndash; the infrastructure of the past.</p><p>Mattern takes a broad look at contemporary urban discourses, and compellingly advocates for an &ldquo;urban media archaeology,&rdquo; a &ldquo;materialist, multisensory approach to exploring the deep material history&rdquo; of our cities. She makes clear that her invocation of archaeology shouldn&rsquo;t be read as part of the proliferation of the Foucauldian genealogical methodology <em>en vogue</em> in academia...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129115534/epa-study-finds-no-evidence-that-fracking-has-lead-to-polluted-drinking-water EPA study finds no evidence that fracking has lead to polluted drinking water Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-08T19:31:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T07:17:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01y4mx8nqlg7qmv0.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The EPA's draft assessment was conducted at the request of Congress. "It is the most complete compilation of scientific data to date," says Burke, "including over 950 sources of information, published papers, numerous technical reports, information from stakeholders and peer-reviewed EPA scientific reports." [...] The EPA study does identify some potential vulnerabilities to drinking water.</p></em><br /><br /><p>At this stage, the study is the "most complete compilation of scientific data to date," says Tom Burke, deputy assistant administrator of the EPA's Office of Research and Development. But as a "draft assessment", the study still needs to be reviewed by the Science Advisory Board, and be made open for public comment, before its findings are finalized.</p><p>Predictably, environmental groups are not pleased with the EPA's findings, as it corroborates what the American Petroleum Institute has insisted from the beginning: that fracking has always followed preexisting safety regulations. According to NPR, Food &amp; Water Watch, which wants to ban fracking, said the report "has the industry's oil fingerprints all over it." While the EPA study finds no evidence of fracking having led to demonstrable cases of polluted drinking water, it does acknowledge that fracking can adversely affect drinking water &ndash; read the full report <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/hfstudy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, has led to economic booms in areas ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T18:45:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2q/2qcn8wecpftz5kha.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>while the idea of a fully plumbed potty zooming up and down the sides of a Tokyo skyscraper may seem like Japanese technical ingenuity taken a step too far, in reality this idea is born of reasonable and sensible practical concerns. [...] it remains likely that people will end up trapped in elevators if a large earthquake comes. [...] Japan's elevator industry is among the most advanced in the world&nbsp;... Its toilet industry also leads the world in technical advancements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The below video (available in Japanese and English versions) shows off a version of a elevator-specific toilet:</p><p></p><p>More elevator news:</p><ul><li><a title="Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li><li><a title="In case of fire, use elevators" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123352052/in-case-of-fire-use-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In case of fire, use elevators</a></li><li><a title="Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016" 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></li><li><a title="Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts</a></li><li><a title="The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128712543/nasa-and-verizon-to-partner-to-monitor-drones-in-the-us Nasa and Verizon to partner to monitor drones in the US Nicholas Korody 2015-06-03T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T20:10:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h8/h8pbug3469c1if2l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Verizon, the US&rsquo;s largest wireless telecom company, is developing technology with Nasa to direct and monitor America&rsquo;s growing fleet of civilian and commercial drones from its network of phone towers. According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Verizon signed an agreement last year with Nasa &ldquo;to jointly explore whether cell towers &hellip; could support communications and surveillance of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at low altitudes&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently, the Federal Aviation Authority doesn't have recourse to adequate resources or personnel to monitor rapidly-increasing drone traffic. Nasa's new unmanned aircraft traffic management system hopes to be able to enable "safe low-altitude drone flights" soon. By partnering with Verizon, they would be able to take advantage of the nation's largest provider of cellphone service. As Missy Cummings, professor of aeronautics at Duke University states, "We can already track phones like crazy...[so the plan is]&nbsp;a nice alternative to saturating an already broken air traffic control system.&rdquo;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T22:34:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/033f0c44033ff4e3ef11d35c0dce7df1.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion &mdash; a phenomenon in which major earthquakes shake skyscrapers slowly but severely &mdash; was shown to the media on Monday after being installed in a 55-story building in central Tokyo. [...] The companies said it is the nation&rsquo;s first rooftop vibration control device against earthquakes.</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/128638615/laka-launches-2015-competition-architecture-that-reacts-register-now Laka launches 2015 competition: Architecture that Reacts. Register now! Justine Testado 2015-06-02T14:40:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T14:47:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/21adhvs32wctlu8g.jpg" width="514" height="727" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public arts initiative <a href="http://www.lakareacts.com/competition.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laka</a> has launched their 2015 competition: Architecture that Reacts. The ideas competition invites architects, designers, engineers, biologists, and interdisciplinary teams worldwide to submit their interpretations of the theme: Architecture that Reacts. Like a living organism, architecture that reacts is responsive and highly adaptable to often unpredictable circumstances and its users' current needs.</p><p>Sign up now during the early registration period until July 1, 2015 for a fee of US$50. Regular registration lasts until October 1, 2015 ($75), and late registration ends on October 20, 2015 ($100). <strong>All project submissions are due on October 31, 2015 (23:59 UTC). </strong></p><p>Three cash-prize winners and special mentions will be announced on December 1.</p><p>The competition jury features:</p><ul><li>Maria Aiolova (Architect, Educator, LEED AP, Assoc. AIA): Co-Founder of Terreform ONE</li><li>Chris Bosse (Architect, Educator): Co-Founder of LAVA</li><li>Giacomo Costa (Artist, Photographer): Author of The Chronicl...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128581551/googleplex-expansion-pivots-big-and-heatherwick-design-onto-new-site Googleplex expansion pivots BIG and Heatherwick design onto new site Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T20:35:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a55a6704d2feeba7ce0ad2dbde9329bc.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google already had building rights for a fifth site overlooking Charleston Park, just east of the current Googleplex [...] A 2007 lease agreement allows Google to build up to 595,000 square feet of office and commercial space there. [...] The new plans feature the same futuristic designs by European architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick that were part of the larger plan debated by the city this year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For some background on the Googleplex expansion plans:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126833043/google-loses-to-linkedin-in-silicon-valley-hq-pitch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google loses to LinkedIn in Silicon Valley HQ pitch</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128571091/italian-architecture-establishment-tries-to-snuff-out-crowdsourcing-architectural-design-site-cocontest Italian architecture establishment tries to snuff out crowdsourcing architectural design site, CoContest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-01T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-06-05T08:27:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8g/8gm359upwedjabhz.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CoContest allows customers wanting to refurbish an existing space to put their project out to architects and designers, who in turn submit their design proposals [...] Nine lawmakers &ndash; eight of them architects &ndash; have issued a parliamentary proposal urging the Economic Development and Justice Ministries to crack down on the crowdsourcing website, which they said was carrying out an illegal intermediation activity and denigrating professional architects in its publicity</p></em><br /><br /><p>Any business that's praised for being "disruptive" is bound to cause controversy &ndash; or else that establishment probably wasn't worth disrupting. <a href="https://www.cocontest.com/#!en/home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CoContest</a>, an Italian startup that aims to connect homeowners to a competitively-priced international roster of architects and designers, has received praise for <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alisoncoleman/2014/12/03/disrupting-in-style-italian-start-up-takes-interior-design-to-the-crowd/2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"its ability to disrupt the traditional workflow of architectural design services, transforming it from a local to an international service; from a time consuming activity to a fast and efficient process, and from an expensive service to an affordable one."</a>&nbsp;Mountain View based incubator 500 Startups invited CoContest to join its ranks this year. But the atmosphere in Italy recently became far less encouraging.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/dw/dwt6jzmt59zbiqu0.jpg"></p><p>Inspiration for CoContest came from a bloated population of Italian architects and interior designers &ndash; according to <a href="https://twitter.com/monditalia/status/460748591007408128/photo/1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a 2014 infographic</a>, Italy has an architect for every 414 people (the US has one for every 1,300). CoContest creators Filippo (an architect) and Federico Schiano...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128334354/built-la-maps-the-age-of-every-building-in-los-angeles built: LA maps the age of every building in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2015-05-29T15:41:00-04:00 >2015-06-02T23:30:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/1099513b66d5dd97297e23b85c6c9d15.jpg" width="514" height="251" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Construction in Los Angeles may have exploded during the postwar era, but as a new interactive map shows, the wide age range of its buildings might surprise you. Using open data from local governments, built: LA visualizes the age of roughly 3 million buildings across L.A. County constructed between 1890 and 2008. Drag your mouse to explore the vast web of communities and neighborhoods, hover over individual properties to discover birth years, and double click to zoom in further. &nbsp;</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/128203380/editor-s-picks-417 Editor's Picks #417 Nam Henderson 2015-05-28T13:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-29T13:12:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/id9t45oo1ogntep0.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;spoke on the phone with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127534748/stop-the-presses-paul-goldberger-s-take-on-critical-relevance-in-the-social-media-age" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Goldberger about the relevance of criticism in the social media age</a>.&nbsp;<strong>davvid</strong> was at least somewhat pleased "<em>Its about time we start talking about this stuff. I'm not convinced that Goldberger has a good handle on it, but at least he's trying</em>". Later <strong>DWLindeman</strong> added "<em>I've always admired Paul Goldberger's support of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown...What I still don't understand, was his support of the Foster plan for the main research branch of the New York Public Library</em>".</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;reviewed the much hyped <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/127733607/one-night-stand-la-titillates-but-leaves-you-wanting-more" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a>.&nbsp;<strong>b3tadine[sutures]</strong> wondered "<em>why does it come off to me as if this was my mom explaining sex to me?...Where are the closed circuit televisions, the oft rumored illicit video cameras, where is the risk?</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2v/2v0d7ww2hxfwyryt.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;posted the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127537159/designs-of-the-year-2015-narrows-down-to-six-category-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> that The Design Museum in London had selected the Category Winners for their <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year</a> 2015.&nbsp;<strong>BulgarBlogger</strong>&nbsp;couldn&rsquo;t help complaining ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128189706/omaha-to-improve-its-metro-for-free Omaha to improve its Metro (for free!) Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T20:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:00:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8l/8lho2m9hp3wm832w.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of May, Metro will debut its FORWARD plan: a fully reconfigured bus network that emphasizes more frequency, better night and weekend service, direct lines through high-ridership corridors, and grid-style access to many parts of the city. The top five routes will now all get 15-minute peak service... Rather than lobby for more taxpayer funding or jack up fares, Metro looked for more efficient ways to use its existing resources.</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/126779966/master-the-business-side-of-your-architecture-firm Master the Business Side of Your Architecture Firm Sponsor 2015-05-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-09T10:47:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04rhgcpqgl3qxqxt.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. Sure, they may delegate that authority to someone who knows more than they do about balance sheets, income statements and financing, but a firm&rsquo;s principals are ultimately responsible for the decisions made and actions taken in their organization.</p><p>For many small architecture firms, principals don&rsquo;t have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters. In some instances, firm owners use other employees to assist with day-to-day operations.</p><p>Jennifer Pullinger writes in the &ldquo;<em>Architect Magazine</em>&rdquo; that Belmont Freeman, FAIA, of Belmont Freeman Architects in New York City, &ldquo;delegates some of the firm&rsquo;s financial management to individual project architects.&rdquo; Freeman also explains in the article that he creates &ldquo;processes that allow them to continually examine key metrics for their firm. It&rsquo;s good to have an associate in the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128114174/china-announces-world-s-longest-and-highest-glass-bridge China announces world's longest and highest glass bridge Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T19:03:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T22:01:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/px/px62ov5v1ceoorxt.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July. Spanning two cliffs in the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon area, it will stretch 430 meters (1,410 feet) long and 6 meters (20 feet) wide, hovering over a 300-meter (984-foot) vertical drop. In comparison, the Grand Canyon Skywalk in the United States is 21 meters (69 feet) in length and stands 219 meters (718 feet) above the canyon floor.</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/128098085/they-re-promising-us-jetpacks-again-and-deeper-basements They're promising us jetpacks again (and deeper basements) Alexander Walter 2015-05-26T17:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-28T11:21:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a5cd6a3f2557f65bbc03420d012ab62.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Floating cities and high rise farms are also predicted to shape Britain&rsquo;s landscape for future generations, according to some of the country&rsquo;s leading experts. In new research they outline the future form of the places where people will live and work. Spaceports for travel to the Moon and Mars are also expected to become a reality within the next 100 years, they say.</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>