Archinect - News 2016-07-25T06:01:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149959268/design-leads-environmentally-friendly-education-for-hertfordshire-pupils Design leads environmentally friendly education for Hertfordshire pupils Jessica Bonehill 2016-07-22T11:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-25T05:12:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/620uxspss49y3thx.jpg" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Howe Dell Primary in Hatfield could well be the UK&rsquo;s most eco-friendly school. It has toilets that flush using rainwater, sedum roofs made of plants and vegetation, and classroom sink-tops made from recycled yoghurt pots. But the school&rsquo;s design doesn&rsquo;t just help protect the environment, it also uses nature to improve children&rsquo;s academic performance and behaviour.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tb/tbwgjn5o5e5hlcow.jpg"></p><p>Howe Dell Primary&rsquo;s &pound;10 million, eco-friendly design is used by teachers to promote sustainability to a new generation of pupils. Capita Architects were given free reign to push the limits of sustainable design in the project, which was funded by the council, and that was exactly what they did. The school features solar panels, a wind turbine, and a heating system that uses a series of pipes just below the surface of the school playground for passive gain that is then utilised to heat the school.&nbsp;</p><p>This groundbreaking design was awarded ECO Green Flag accreditation (the highest level awarded to sustainable schools in the UK) and places pupils in close proximity to nature. To this end, the design&rsquo;s wetland area and sedum roofs are used to study birds and the school places sustainability at the core of the curriculum. This learning is even extended to the playground where learning stations allow pupils to examine the habitats of micro-beasts. In this way, the whole building is understoo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959148/automating-busy-work-with-a-robot-intern Automating busy work with a 'robot intern' Nicholas Korody 2016-07-21T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T15:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zb/zbnbusyhlqq0aspe.jpg" width="514" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're a designer who works with clients, here's something you're probably familiar with: the project that never ends. The actual designing may take a matter of hours, but presenting the idea to a client, making little tweaks and edits, finding a middle ground between your vision and theirs? That process can take months [...] For his graduate project, Ingemann Breitenstein spent time in product design studios across London researching the inefficiencies in that designer-client process.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The result is an algorithm that takes a basic idea for a product and generates countless variations on its design&mdash;as directed by a physical controller. Ingemann Breitenstein calls the machine the&nbsp;</em>Unpaid Intern<em>&mdash;a tongue-and-cheek nod to the mindless photoshopping and last minute tweaking it could conceivably reduce."</em></p><p>For more on the automated world-to-come, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149935222/architecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958970/an-eco-building-toolkit An Eco-Building Toolkit Nam Henderson 2016-07-21T02:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T11:46:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x7/x77k5w0kjf09b1am.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>**I'm truly impressed that Mr Open Source Ecology &amp; Ms Open Building Institute got married and built a house...Of course it's an open-source house that's all makered-up from straw, wood and brick from their neighborhood - Bruce Sterling</p></em><br /><br /><p>Kelly McCartney highlights the work of&nbsp;Marcin Jakubowski&nbsp;and&nbsp;Catarina Mota, who decided to reinvent the home-building wheel a few years back.</p><p>For more check out the <a href="http://openbuildinginstitute.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Building Institute</a>&nbsp;and/or contribute to their <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/622508883/open-building-institute-eco-building-toolkit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nc/nctzm4dc7mww7yb1.jpg"></p><p>h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bruces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958796/grimshaw-chosen-to-design-heathrow-s-new-terminal Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-20T11:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-20T14:30:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fe/fe48xrpebgjyh4n4.jpg" width="514" height="279" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heathrow Airport has chosen Grimshaw to draw up concepts for a &rsquo;hub airport of the future&rsquo; as part of its ambitious &pound;16 billion growth plans The practice, which saw off Zaha Hadid Architects, Benoy and HOK, was praised for &rsquo;pushing the boundary of what an airport could and should be&rsquo; and for showing &rsquo;how Heathrow could be expanded in a sustainable but affordable way&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/grimshaw?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw</a>&nbsp;has been chosen to design a new terminal for London's Heathrow Airport. However, it remains up in the air wether the plans for a third runway will be given permission by the UK government. Many critics of Heathrow's expansion have been given <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/14/heathrow-airport-expansion-in-doubt-after-theresa-may-promotes-c/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">top posts</a>&nbsp;in Teresa May's new Cabinet, causing speculation that the expansion could be thwarted.&nbsp;</p><p>However,&nbsp;Head of Design at Heathrow, Barry Weekes <a href="https://your.heathrow.com/takingbritainfurther/grimshaw-chosen-take-heathrow-future/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">maintained that</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;With the Concept Architect and Programme Client Partners now in place, we are now ready to begin the process of expansion once the Government makes the right choice for the whole of Britain.&rdquo; Going further, Andrew Thomas, a partner at Grimshaw stated "We believe the expansion of Heathrow is vital to maintaining the UK&rsquo;s place within the global economy".&nbsp;This announcement in the aftermath of Brexit is undoubtedly an attempt to solidify the case for Heathrow's expansion.</p><p>Read related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149957192/creative-currency-post-brexit-mark-middleton-of-grimshaw-weighs-the-good-and-bad-for-uk-firms-as-split-with-eu-looms-on-one-to-one-30" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creative Currency, post-Brexit: Mark Middleton of Grimshaw weighs the good...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T22:46:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0h/0h9f2rse3fw1cimz.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Researchers from the University of British Columbia have suggested that modular construction techniques are key to assuaging cities' housing shortages.</p><p>Associate engineering professor Kasun Hewage at UBC, along with PhD candidate Mohammad Kamali, <a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/View.aspx?id=821099&amp;q=1059863044&amp;qz=cbcbb6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conducted</a> "the first comprehensive review of conventional and modular construction research of its kind," and found that increased factory-produced housing should make it easier for prospective renters and buyers to find a place. It would help cities provide more options that can be built "cheaper, faster and results in fewer workplace injuries," according to Hewage. Their findings were recently published in the journal&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.mailoutinteractive.com/Industry/Redirect.aspx?u=1731764&amp;q=1059863044&amp;lm=96159460&amp;r=821099&amp;qz=ea0445c4610aa763eebfd0da9764a9f6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews</a></em>.</p><p>Modular construction is obviously not a new method, but has a bit of a negative rep according to the researchers&mdash;the public tends to associate the method with lower-quality structures, and communities like trailer parks. But the study, which reviewed construction data between 2000 and ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957911/no-pok-mon-go-is-not-an-urban-fantasy-for-the-new-flaneur No, Pokémon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur Nicholas Korody 2016-07-14T15:27:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:27:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ug/uggfwk5gfhwnfc01.jpg" width="514" height="912" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Have you heard? There&rsquo;s this game called Pok&eacute;mon&nbsp;Go, and it&rsquo;s responsible for a radical new relationship to the city!</p><p>Think pieces are clogging Twitter and Facebook expounding the virtues of the augmented reality game that has lead distracted pedestrians <a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwizwcaF0fPNAhUCWCYKHUjeDI8QqQIIHzAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nbcsandiego.com%2Fnews%2Flocal%2FTwo-Men-Fall-Down-Cliff-While-Playing-Pokemon-Go-386743551.html&amp;usg=AFQjCNHSsGylyPh0fg-bCvyORsnZjFgpsA&amp;sig2=r7-akZJaog3_j5iTNfbwMA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">off cliffs</a>, <a href="http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21702087-nintendo-shares-rocket-after-its-successful-foray-smartphone-gaming-pok-mon-go-shows?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/imugyoupickachu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">into muggings</a>, and <a href="http://www.ktvq.com/story/32403198/wyoming-teen-playing-new-pokemon-game-on-phone-discovers-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">straight to a corpse</a>, while simultaneously and dramatically taking away attention from more pressing topics like, say, police brutality.&nbsp;</p><p>Here&rsquo;s a pessimistic (cynical and snarky) round-up of some of the commentary making its way through the internet tubes:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5f/5fk2n91cjmcyzqq5.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;In our collective hunt for silly cartoon monsters, Pok&eacute;mon Go players are discovering history and architecture left and right,&rdquo; writes Mark Wilson for Fast.Co Design in an article entitled "<a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3061718/pokemon-go-is-quietly-helping-people-discover-their-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pok&eacute;mon Go" Is Quietly Helping People Fall In Love With Their Cities</a>.&rdquo; In the optimistic article, Wilson notes how many Pok&eacute;stops &ndash;&nbsp;sites where you can find Pok&eacute;mon &ndash; are real-world historical buildings and landmarks. They&rsquo;re also <a href="http://gizmodo.com/the-strangest-places-pokemon-go-is-sending-its-players-1783407238?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&amp;utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&amp;utm_medium=socialflow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">strip clubs</a>, <a href="http://sugar-bun.tumblr.com/post/147110664495/pokemon-is-getting-too-real-for-me" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">abortion memorials</a>, a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957880/elizabeth-warren-co-signs-letter-urging-feds-to-investigate-sharing-economy Elizabeth Warren co-signs letter urging feds to investigate sharing economy Nicholas Korody 2016-07-14T13:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T09:23:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0ayqi5oabbrynkl.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), the senior Senator from Massachusetts,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/13/elizabeth-warren-airbnb-government-investigation?CMP=share_btn_tw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has</a>&nbsp;co-signed a letter requesting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate the degree to which short-term lodging services are composed of "persons or firms acting in a commercial manner by renting out entire residences or multiple residences simultaneously".</p><p>The letter, co-authored by&nbsp;Senators Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Diane Feinstein of California, marks a major move by lawmakers towards intervening in the so-called "sharing economy".&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;[W]e are concerned that short-term rentals may be exacerbating housing shortages and driving up the cost of housing in our communities,&rdquo; the Senators state in the letter.</p><p>The letter brings up concerns about&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949227/after-allegations-of-racial-discrimination-and-airbnbwhileblack-fallout-airbnb-looks-inward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">racial discrimination</a>&nbsp;with Airbnb, and questions the economic impact of the company. Studies&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956613/falling-through-the-sharing-economy-s-looking-glass-and-into-an-ocean-of-unpaid-gendered-domestic-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have found</a>&nbsp;that Airbnb contributes to rising rents and housing shortages.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/jul/13/elizabeth-warren-airbnb-government-investigation?CMP=share_btn_tw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t the Guardian</a></p><p>For more on the sharing economy, check out past coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956613/falling-through-the-sharing-economy-s-looking-glass-and-into-an-ocean-of-unpaid-gendered-domestic-labor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Falling through the sharing ec...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957508/check-out-bagel-the-overachieving-digital-tape-measure-freshly-funded-on-kickstarter Check out Bagel, the overachieving digital tape measure freshly funded on Kickstarter Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-12T18:42:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T20:01:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o5/o5tiaeruwb7o9zua.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Taking and recording measurements on the fly can be tricky&mdash;getting all the right tools to measure different surfaces and distances, and having a place to scribble them down for later, can easily lead to imprecise or inefficient measurements. The mouthwateringly-named Bagel digital tape measure is trying to change that.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/012/796/453/e1b0daf02b4915cacf27d9638e4afd92_original.gif?w=680&amp;fit=max&amp;v=1466401080&amp;q=92&amp;s=d03320341ba162ee50a9d245209c4bc8"></p><p>The Bagel looks like a basic tape measure, but can measure distances in three different modes: string, wheel, or remote. Digital measurements from these three functions can then be saved on Bagel's internal memory (along with voice memos), or transferred to the Bagel smartphone app via Bluetooth. You can charge it with a micro-USB, and the digital display makes viewing easier and less ambiguous.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/012/872/471/917022b4879bf72e78af20545d6bac05_original.png?w=680&amp;fit=max&amp;v=1467009300&amp;auto=format&amp;lossless=true&amp;s=7069711444334563a4e2ee5c3958633b"></p><p>Launched on <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bagel-labs/bagel-the-worlds-smartest-tape-measure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> by Bagel Labs of Newport Beach, California, the smart tape measure has already surpassed its $30,000 goal nearly 20-times over. The final prototype is ready for production, and while Bagel still needs to undergo consumer-testing for durability (how high o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957368/hlm-and-tectonics-architects-win-uk-passivhaus-awards HLM and Tectonics Architects win UK Passivhaus awards Abigail Banfield 2016-07-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:42:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7p5mb0q237rstq9f.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Congratulations to triumphant Tigh na Croit by HLM Architects &amp; Lansdowne Drive by Tectonics Architects who were crowned the 2016 UK Passivhaus Awards winners. The Winners were announced at a ceremony held in London on the 7th July, attended by approximately 80 delegates.The winners were decided by PHT members and Award Ceremony delegates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>HLM have won the Rural category of this year's UK Passivhaus Awards. The house, which&nbsp;aimed to create a low-energy, modern solution for the 'outdoorsy' clients, has been designed to reflect its Scottish Highland context.</p><p>Tectonics Architects&nbsp;gained the award for the Urban category, with their fantastic project in Hackney.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957127/designers-of-the-london-eye-create-new-landmark-for-brighton Designers of the London Eye create new landmark for Brighton Eleanor Marshall 2016-07-11T14:22:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T17:37:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4u/4u4wtb0vekv65oin.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marks Barfield Architects have, quite literally, reinvented the wheel and have created the i360, a vertical cable car with a sculpted viewing pod, perching lightly upon Brighton&rsquo;s seafront... It takes the form of a slender mast that will be 568ft high (when the spire is added), which supports a sculpted, doughnut-shaped pod, with glass windows and a reflective mirrored underside. The pod takes up to 200 people at a time skyward over a flight time of 20 (daytime) or 30 minutes (evening).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Due to open this summer, the British Airways i360 is a new futuristic landmark for Brighton&rsquo;s seafront designed by architects <a href="http://uk.archinect.com/firms/cover/1923/marks-barfield-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Marks and Julia Barfield</a>. It is hoped that the BA i360 will herald a new touristic golden age for Brighton, replicating the success of the London eye on&nbsp;Brighton&rsquo;s seafront. The i360 will be possibly be advertised on British Airways flights to the UK, in an international revival of Brighton's ambitions. Inclusive of the immediate community, there will be <a href="http://britishairwaysi360.com/about-us/our-story-4/community-engagement/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">half price tickets</a> for Brighton residents and free entry for state school children in Brighton and Hove once in their school career. There is also to be a restaurant at the base of the tower, and the restoration of a pair of original building on the West Pier.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ai/aiocqstci79oroi3.jpg"></p><p><em>The BA i360 June 2016 - Image courtesy of British Airways i360/Kevin Meredith</em></p><p>In juxtaposition to the i360 tower, the Grade I listed West Pier is situated adjacent. The condemned structure is a skeleton from the golden age of domestic holidaying. Th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957070/london-mayor-sadiq-khan-blocks-extra-funds-for-garden-bridge London mayor Sadiq Khan blocks extra funds for garden bridge kplatzgummer 2016-07-11T03:34:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T05:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dg/dgtwuu2lw96dtzj8.jpg" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The future of London&rsquo;s proposed garden bridge has been called into further question after the city&rsquo;s new mayor, Sadiq Khan, halted preparatory work on the structure over fears this could involve more public money being spent. The Garden Bridge Trust says the bridge from South Bank to Temple, featuring 270 trees and thousands of plants, will be a &ldquo;tiara&rdquo; for London, being both an iconic landmark and a vital pedestrian bridge.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about London's Garden Bridge on architnect:</p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149948451/london-s-garden-bridge-the-saga-continues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's garden bridge, the saga continues</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149947815/why-are-heatherwick-s-proposals-succeeding-in-new-york-but-tanking-in-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why are Heatherwick's proposals succeeding in New York but tanking in London?</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149945629/sadiq-khan-investigates-troublesome-details-in-thames-garden-bridge-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadiq Khan investigates troublesome details in Thames garden bridge project</a></p><p><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/145677142/infrastructure-or-advertisement-sky-to-sponsor-the-garden-bridge?ukredirect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructure or advertisement? Sky to sponsor the Garden Bridge</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956776/steve-saling-retired-landscape-architect-with-als-designs-residence-he-can-control-by-blinking Steve Saling, retired landscape architect with ALS, designs residence he can control by blinking Justine Testado 2016-07-08T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T15:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6m/6myvcdozp92nsbpm.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unwilling to accept a life utterly dependent on caretakers, [Steve] Saling designed a series of systems that let patients with ALS control their environment in the assisted living center with ...blinks and facial twitches. &ldquo;The notable impact that ALS had on my ability to design is speed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I am a lot slower. [But] Because much of my profession had been computerized and I excelled in computer-assisted drafting, I was still able to convey my ideas with a lot of precision.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more about amazing architects who never let their disabilities get in their way:</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></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131331220/francis-tsai-previously-featured-on-archinect-s-working-out-of-the-box-passes-away" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai, previously featured on Archinect's Working Out of the Box, passes away</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138210382/building-voice-visually-impaired-architect-christopher-downey-lectures-in-downtown-miami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Building Voice: Visually impaired architect, Christopher Downey, lectures in Downtown Miami</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149520445/the-nuanced-design-of-deaf-spaces" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The nuanced design of deaf spaces</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956752/affordable-spaces-for-london-s-creative-industry-by-urban-acupuncture Affordable spaces for London's creative industry by Urban Acupuncture Ellen Hancock 2016-07-08T11:18:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T15:48:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e7e89689781f116b4f8340a0700fcde2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The duo asked themselves the question if London will still be the capital of creativity, arts and crafts in 10 years time. Rising rents for residential and work spaces, combined with an&nbsp;increasingly unaffordable education system, are making the city less and less accessible. According to Boano and Pri&scaron;montas, London has always been a center for creativity,&nbsp;but the recent financial pressures have turned &lsquo;creativity&rsquo; into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford&nbsp;it.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/ab4f6d0e76b8daa4724a53972c466495.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2a/2ac26e7c3912bb83065bde25f262585a.jpg"></p><p>At this unstable time, the capital's creative industry must be entrepreneurial and work together to remain the best, are we up to the challenge? Read more stories of ingenuity in the UK here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956491/the-hive-pavilion-moves-to-kew-gardens" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hive pavilion moves to Kew Gardens</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149956114/digital-elytrons-latest-architecture-technology-at-the-v-a-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V &amp; A Museum.</a></li><li><a href="http://RIBA%20reveals%2046%20stunning%20projects%20as%202016%20National%20Awardees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIBA reveals 46 stunning projects as 2016 National Awardees</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951999/allies-and-morrison-propose-an-alternative-to-the-garden-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Allies and Morrison propose an alternative to the garden bridge</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951735/london-revives-co-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London revives co-housing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956294/yulio-offers-architects-a-diy-virtual-reality-platform Yulio offers architects a DIY Virtual Reality platform Sponsor 2016-07-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T10:49:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xyv1xfvhoo5nhrfm.jpg" width="514" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/48/48mtx6nymobdtk3m.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>AN INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY </strong></p><p>Though Virtual Reality (VR) is yet to truly break into the mainstream consumer market, it&rsquo;s an industry <strong>growing at breakneck speed.</strong></p><p>With Deloitte Global predicting a <a href="http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/tmt-pred16-media-virtual-reality-billion-dollar-niche.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1bn year</a> for the VR industry this year, and Digi Capital estimating it to <a href="http://www.digi-capital.com/news/2015/04/augmentedvirtual-reality-to-hit-150-billion-disrupting-mobile-by-2020/#.V3q8qbgrKUk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hit $30bn by 2020</a>, it won&rsquo;t be long before <strong>VR is in the hands of millions of consumers worldwide.</strong></p><p>Yet though initial traction for the industry has been centered around the gaming and entertainment communities, <strong>VR is making serious headway as a tool for health, education, and business.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>VIRTUAL REALITY FOR ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN </strong></p><p>For an architect or designer, viewing an image of a 3D space is enough to fully visualize the space around them. Yet this is not the case for the clients, who typically lack this ability. Yulio aims to bridge this communication gap through VR technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vdiwim15x61q9cg7.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Virtual Reality technology transforms crucial aspects of the client-engagement experience b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956114/digital-elytrons-latest-architecture-technology-at-the-v-a-museum Digital Elytrons. Latest Architecture Technology at the V & A Museum. kplatzgummer 2016-07-06T04:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-18T04:26:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6bzz2pm9j7sfqj3g.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Todays, pavilions are an omnipresent type of building. Unburdened to a certain degree from constraints of conventional architectures, such as program or function, pavilion designs offer architects a reign of technological and formal possibilities. Architects are commissioned for designs, in which speculation, provocation and experimentation is allowed, or even more, it is requested. Currently, visitors of Victoria &amp; Albert Museum, run in the courtyard into an exemplary architecture experiment, posing a radical statement for contemporary digital architecture technology.</p><p>The Elytra Filament Pavilion, designed by a team of architects and engineers around Achim Menges from the Universities of Stuttgart and Munich, demonstrates a visionary for a yet to be determined digital future in the building industry. Within the context of the exhibition "Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design", the museum's courtyard has been turned into a test ground for the latest emerg...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955408/tesla-model-s-driver-suffers-fatal-crash-while-using-autopilot-in-first-known-death-involving-an-autonomous-vehicle Tesla Model S driver suffers fatal crash while using autopilot, in first known death involving an autonomous vehicle Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-01T13:37:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T22:38:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/49/49qitvd0n0np9cjv.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown, 40, of Williston, Florida was heading down the highway in his Tesla Model S, using the car&rsquo;s autopilot mode, when he fatally collided with a tractor trailer. The truck took a left-turn in front of his vehicle, and according to a <a href="https://www.teslamotors.com/blog/tragic-loss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news release</a> issued by Tesla, &ldquo;Neither autopilot nor the driver noticed the white side of the tractor-trailer against a brightly lit sky, so the brake was not applied.&rdquo;</p><p>A Navy veteran and owner of a technology consulting firm, Brown had used the autopilot mode before, even going so far as to record videos of himself riding in the car under its guidance.</p><p></p><p>The tragic death is also a historic one, as the first known fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. Federal regulators have opened up an investigation into Brown&rsquo;s death at a time when <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">car companies, technology firms, and legislators</a> are all scrambling towards the seemingly inevitable future of ubiquitous autonomous vehicles.</p><p>Tesla maintains that their autopilot mode is still very...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955398/sadiq-khan-names-justine-simons-deputy-mayor-for-culture Sadiq Khan names Justine Simons deputy mayor for culture Ellen Hancock 2016-07-01T11:46:00-04:00 >2016-07-14T01:30:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/88/88a3e4bd7d19bf26ba6847abd28ce5c9.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Top figures from the cultural world applauded the appointment of Justine Simons, 45, by Mayor Sadiq Khan, who handed her responsibility for firms working in film, music, video games, crafts and publishing. She said: &ldquo;My lifelong belief is that creativity can transform lives and places. &ldquo;Culture is part of London&rsquo;s DNA. It&rsquo;s a big reason so many of us choose to visit and live here, it generates billions for our economy and gives London its unique character and dynamism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more articles on the topic here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149955151/julia-peyton-jones-discusses-her-legacy-and-leaving-the-serpentine-gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Peyton-Jones discusses her legacy and leaving the Serpentine Gallery</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149954374/brexit-will-put-even-more-strain-on-towns-already-pressed-for-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit will put even more strain on towns already pressed for housing</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects react to shocking EU referendum result</a></li><li><a href="http://%22The%20most%20useless%20totem%20pole%20of%20mayoral%20hubris%22:%20Oliver%20Wainwright%20rides%20the%20ArcelorMittal%20Orbit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The most useless totem pole of mayoral hubris": Oliver Wainwright rides the ArcelorMittal Orbit</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954716/download-a-3d-model-of-a-column-from-palmyra Download a 3D model of a column from Palmyra Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T22:45:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z2/z27ae7vkp22jr7mi.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In &lsquo;A World of Fragile Parts&rsquo;, La Biennale di Venezia and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&amp;A) explore the threats facing the preservation of global heritage sites and how the production of copies can aid in the preservation of cultural artifacts. Ecological uncertainty, violent attacks, and the increasing demands of tourism are just a few of the factors putting global heritage sites and cultural artifacts at risk of destruction and loss.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/611513/2016-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Biennale</a> exhibit "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948478/dispatch-from-the-venice-biennale-a-couple-of-things-that-don-t-quite-fit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A World of Fragile Parts</a>," the digital archaeology project #NEWPALMYRA made a chrome version of a capital from the recently-destroyed city of Palmyra. Now, anyone can download the 3D model and print it, use it in a model of their own, or simply spin it around.</p><p>Palmyra is an ancient city dating back to the Neolithic era that housed one of the world's most impressive collections of Roman colonial architecture. But last year, ISIL took control of the city and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">destroyed</a> many of the ruins.</p><p>#NEWPALMYRA has been carefully remaking the destroyed archaeological site using digital means, and making their work freely available to the public. For more information, or to download the model, visit their <a href="http://www.newpalmyra.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">site</a>.</p><p>Play around with it here:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:27:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls &ldquo;new superpowers to extend access and mobility&rdquo;, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google&rsquo;s own technologies, experts fear."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954668/what-s-the-newest-project-for-silicon-valley-investors-building-cities What's the newest project for Silicon Valley investors? Building cities Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T17:39:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T11:46:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w6/w6znp25mxx2l0vmt.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Y Combinator, the startup accelerator and investment firm that helped produce Airbnb, Dropbox, and Instacart, is embarking on a creation project arguably more ambitious than any company. "We want to build cities," wrote Y Combinator partner Adora Cheung and President Sam Altman...the project aims to develop ways to reduce housing expenses by 90 percent and to develop a city code of laws simple enough to&nbsp;fit on 100 pages of text. Eventually the plan is to actually produce a prototype city.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"We&rsquo;re not trying to build a utopia for techies," says Cheung, the project&rsquo;s director and the former CEO of failed housecleaning startup Homejoy. "This is a city for humans."</em></p><p>For more news from Silicon Valley, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943493/silicon-valley-campuses-at-risk-as-sea-levels-rise" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley campuses at risk as sea levels rise</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149915339/silicon-valley-is-set-to-get-over-10k-more-housing-units-is-this-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-its-housing-crisis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley is set to get over 10K more housing units &ndash; is this the beginning of the end of its housing crisis?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141300588/can-silicon-valley-save-the-bay-area" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Silicon Valley save the Bay Area?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954406/defy-gravity-in-the-works-of-flw-tadao-ando-louis-kahn-in-this-upcoming-video-game Defy gravity in the works of FLW, Tadao Ando, Louis Kahn in this upcoming video game Justine Testado 2016-06-27T20:44:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T11:16:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s4/s41lqpssjex9aov4.jpg" width="514" height="266" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Lloyd Wright, level designer? That&rsquo;s what artist William Chyr was thinking, from the moment he crossed the threshold at the Robie House...It was a rare IRL architectural excursion, as Chyr has been immersed in building the digital levels of Manifold Garden, his first-person 3D exploration game in which you defy gravity in order to walk up walls, fall through windows, and launch yourself from one side to the other of an infinite stepwell, [while] solving increasingly difficult puzzles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Lange interviews video game designer William Chyr on his upcoming game, &ldquo;Manifold Garden&rdquo;, which is due for a January 2017 release on PlayStation 4.&nbsp;&ldquo;Chyr has slowly incorporated more architectural references,&rdquo; Lange writes, &rdquo;stretching back through the centuries and including built works by Frank Lloyd Wright and Tadao Ando, and unbuilt works by Louis Kahn, Anne Tyng, and Arata Isozaki.&rdquo;</p><p>You can also watch a 16-minute gameplay demo right below. (Just be careful if you have motion-sickness.)</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935027/console-narratives-how-games-incorporate-architectural-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Console narratives: how games incorporate architectural storytelling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120358240/do-video-games-belong-in-fine-art-museum-collections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Do video games belong in fine art museum collections?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953807/riba-release-a-statement-following-eu-referendum-result RIBA release a statement following EU referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-06-24T12:38:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:37:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c5/c5ovlsly4ml7k6ng.jpg" width="514" height="194" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>RIBA President Jane Duncan said:</strong></p><p><em>&ldquo;The RIBA is a global organisation that supports its members, validates schools of architecture and champions the importance of a quality built environment around the world. UK architecture talent is incredibly resilient and we will continue to ensure that our profession has a bright future, whatever the operating environment.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Clearly there is uncertainty about the timescales and impact on a range of issues important to our industry including free movement in the EU for architects as well as students, trading and material sourcing, inward investment relationships, EU procurement rules and the effect on the construction sector if restrictions are placed on EU migration.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;In common with other UK businesses and organisations, the RIBA is assessing the short and longer term effect of the withdrawal on our members and the Institute and we will provide further guidance in due course.</em></p><p><em>&ldquo;Most importantly, we will work with colleagues in industry and government t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953793/architects-react-to-shocking-eu-referendum-result Architects react to shocking EU referendum result Ellen Hancock 2016-06-24T11:02:00-04:00 >2016-07-04T11:19:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/og/ogtzjyn0r9soc39l.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the progress we have made will now be put on hold and the government&rsquo;s attention will be diverted while we try and work out how to deal with Brexit. - Rob Naybour, Weston Williamson + Partners</p></em><br /><br /><p>Today marks a historic turning point for the UK and European Union - the UK has voted to quit the EU. What lays ahead no one is really sure; Cameron has already resigned this morning and discussions for a second Scottish referendum have begun.&nbsp;</p><p>The majority within the architecture industry have strongly and vocally supported the Remain campaign celebrating the integral role the EU has played in inspiring and funding creative projects, free movement and the benefits of an internal single market. Most importantly community; a community based on respect and support that derived from the desolate situation after World War Two that at its core believed in humanity.</p><p>The referendum has revealed some alarming results about the state of the UK, a very clearly divided country. However the decision has been made and we must now face up to these consequences, we must now address what kind of a nation we want to be.</p><p>We asked top architects for their reactions to the result and how they think it wil...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-06-23T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:15:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be5rxcuyr6wulpgu.jpg" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Columbus, Ohio, has won a $50m prize for its plans to smarten up its transport system. The money is made up of a $40m Smart Cities grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT), a $90m fund put up by private sector partners and a further $10m from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen&rsquo;s charity Vulcan, which will be used to finance electric vehicle infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Columbus managed to beat six rival cities that were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted</a> by the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOT</a> earlier this year:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;In the end, they will destroy democracy' &ndash; The Guardian on smart cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City Nicholas Korody 2016-06-21T14:46:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:31:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k33rk0lxfws3horo.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Copycat attacks sprang up around the world: trains going haywire in Japan; smart thermostats freezing pipes in Minneapolis; Chinese hackers noodling around a water utility in San Francisco. Americans suddenly realized that, although they had spent plenty of time anguishing about how to protect the country&rsquo;s physical borders, with every device they bought, they had been letting more and more invaders into their cities, their homes, and their lives.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"They had moved everything they did online, thinking they were moving into the future; they woke up the morning after thinking they&rsquo;d moved into a war zone instead."</em></p><p>This is a great work of speculative fiction that imagines a cyberattack that brings down New York City in the near-future. Self-driving cars smash into the roadside, hospital staff can't access their records, power plants go offline causing mass blackouts.</p><p>The article's subheading reads "A scenario that could happen based on what already has." And, indeed, most of the technology described is already in use.</p><p>The automation of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/663743/self-driving-car" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cars</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/90971/smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">homes</a>, and entire <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/65348/smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cities</a> means IRL hacks are a real threat. For more on this, check out Archinect's <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar about the RAM House, a prototype dwelling equipped with "airplane mode."</p><p>For tips and tricks on how to shore up your cybersecurity, take a look at this handy <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149951908/getsafe-a-beginner-s-guide-to-cybersecurity-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beginner's&nbsp;guide</a>&nbsp;specifically tailored to architects. And for more content related to changing not...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953030/how-autonomous-vehicles-will-accelerate-suburban-sprawl How autonomous vehicles will accelerate suburban sprawl Alexander Walter 2016-06-21T13:21:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T00:29:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w5/w5oyaq9oo4u1s7cp.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If Mr. Ratti&rsquo;s projections are correct, and self-driving cars can radically reduce traffic without cannibalizing existing mass transit&mdash;the hypotheticals pile up&mdash;it is possible that self-driving cars will make many cities livable in a way they aren&rsquo;t now. Imagine if every U.S. city had a hybrid public-private mass-transit system on par with those in New York City or Washington, D.C., comprised entirely of self-driving vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140950638/the-algorithmic-dreams-of-driverless-cars-and-how-they-might-affect-real-world-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952629/a-look-around-the-new-tate-modern-extension A look around the new Tate Modern extension Ellen Hancock 2016-06-20T09:56:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T15:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gm7prwiorb8u19ku.jpg" width="514" height="642" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The original Tate Modern redevelopment was started in 1995 and since opening in 2000 has become the most popular gallery in the world. It made sense then for Herzog and De Meuron to return and finish the job. Their architectural evolution and legacy is now embedded in the London skyline, as is their success.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/de/detb0fq5umh8wyvz.jpg"></p><p>The synergy between the buildings, old and new, is remarkable and assisted satisfyingly by the graphic identity from British designer Peter Saville. The space is incredibly successful as an art gallery but also as an architectural performance; there are continuous structural accents inviting you to explore the sensuality of the space. From the inside the lattice brickwork is a welcome and original delight that insists on further inspection and accordingly reveals disguised benches bracketed into the window, ostensibly waiting for you all along.&nbsp;It is easy to navigate your way through the building but also extremely satisfying to get lost in it.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9s/9s041geaamzcwsdv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ok/okt5vi2pgfeoof01.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ny/nyup28ksysfj8cds.jpg"></p><p>Offering almost certainly one of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952348/russian-government-wants-to-build-its-own-hyperloop-with-china-s-help Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952296/how-elevators-could-fix-the-affordable-housing-crisis How elevators could fix the affordable housing crisis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-17T15:32:00-04:00 >2016-06-20T08:57:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7ea5ida7mwbgxt6r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elevators are [the] transportation breakthrough that made steel frame construction genuinely useful... tall apartment buildings make it possible for there to be plenty of housing for everyone even where land is scarce. If elevators were more widely used, they could unleash not just a boom of new construction in America's most expensive areas but an important secondary boom of higher wages for workers at all skill levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="World's tallest elevator tower is going up" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944852/world-s-tallest-elevator-tower-is-going-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's tallest elevator tower is going up</a></li><li><a title="Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934077/wilshire-grand-tower-the-west-coast-s-tallest-building-structurally-tops-out-in-la" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Grand Tower, the West Coast's tallest building, structurally tops out in LA</a></li><li><a title="Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111184419/michael-maltzan-s-one-santa-fe-tries-to-make-density-appealing-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan's One Santa Fe tries to make density appealing in Los Angeles</a></li><li><a title="Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100125462/tokyo-takes-new-york-astounding-housing-facts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo Takes New York: Astounding Housing Facts</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective "So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T19:37:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:44:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d12bqqbidd2i9xtz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He was so much more than an engineer,&rdquo; says the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Zofia Trafas White, who co-curated the show with Maria Nicanor. We are walking through a corridor of the Dane&rsquo;s dreamy doodles, which forms a slightly surreal start to the show [...] &ldquo;Designing,&rdquo; Arup said, &ldquo;is defining a sensible way of building.&rdquo; Noticeably, all the projects on show trumpet their engineering credentials at full volume, as the (seemingly) logical expression of how they were made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Ove Arup and his firm, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951976/ove-arup-celebrated-with-new-show-at-the-v-a" target="_blank">Ove Arup celebrated with new show at the V&amp;A</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup" target="_blank">Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109894274/arup-germany-solarleaf-studio-tamassociati-and-elemental-win-in-2014-zumtobel-group-award" target="_blank">Arup Germany/SolarLeaf, Studio Tamassociati, and Elemental win in 2014 Zumtobel Group Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136423345/grimshaw-and-arup-release-designs-for-new-high-speed-rail-hub-in-central-london" target="_blank">Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London</a></li></ul>