Archinect - News 2017-01-20T13:19:34-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986150/all-that-data-uber-has-been-collecting-might-just-come-in-handy All that data Uber has been collecting might just come in handy Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber has A rocky history with city governments&mdash;to put it mildly... Now, Uber is making something of a peace offering. The company is launching a new service that could help cities master their traffic. It&rsquo;s called Uber Movement, and it uses information on the billions of rides Uber has completed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Uber Movement is free for the select planning agencies and researchers granted access to it. With it, you can gauge travel times between any two locations. Since, as Uber's chief of transportation policy notes, Uber doesn't actually do any urban planning, they figure they might as well give all this information to the people who do. And, hey, maybe it'll help the ride-sharing company cozy up to previously hostile city governments.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985771/no-more-personal-cars-will-be-allowed-in-madrid-s-city-center No more personal cars will be allowed in Madrid's city center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T19:03:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wjy7ob23n86a8qww.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Madrid's mayor, Manuela Carmena, is serious about kicking personal cars off the road in the city center. On a November 5 show on Spanish radio networkCadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid's main avenue, the Gran V&iacute;a, will only allow access to bikes, buses, and taxis before she leaves office in May 2019, as noted by CityLab.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Are people in love with not having to drive to dense urban locales? (Answer: for the most part, yes.) Following the lead of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">numerous cities</a> that are seeking either to reduce car traffic or obliterate it altogether, Madrid's mayor actually outlawed personal vehicles from the city's main thoroughfare during the crucial days before Christmas (and later discovered that merchant profits were up over the previous year).</p><p>The latest updates in global car culture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941488/the-netherlands-moves-closer-to-leaving-gas-and-diesel-cars-in-the-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Netherlands moves closer to leaving gas and diesel cars in the dust</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985439/a-team-of-scientists-have-made-graphene-the-strongest-material-in-the-world-into-a-building-material A team of scientists have made graphene—the strongest material in the world—into a building material Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:32:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xd/xdmeeixl1irgd0wb.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The space elevator&mdash;a theoretical mode of transportation where transport modules move up and down a long cable that connects Earth to space&mdash;has long been the stuff of futuristic fantasy...Now, a team of MIT scientists has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials in existence, taking us one step closer to realizing that sci-fi dream&mdash;and creating a formula for a material that could revolutionize architecture and infrastructure right here on Earth, too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The material in question is called&nbsp;<em>graphene</em>, a two-dimensional form of carbon. At just one atom thick, graphene has so far proven to be inoperable as a building material, even though it's the strongest material we know about. But the team of MIT invented a process that could change that. Using heat and pressure, they were able to create 3D geometries that proved to be ten times stronger than steel, but 5% less dense.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqgfgqf7586qdrno.jpg"></p><p>According to the researchers behind the projects, the move from 2D to 3D is similar to rolling up a piece of paper, in the process creating a tube, which is a strong architectural form. Apparently, the material has other possible benefits for architecture. For example, because graphene is porous, it could act as a filter for water and air. And its strength could make buildings more resilient to extreme weather patterns.</p><p>At the moment, graphene is too expensive to be readily adapted to building purposes. But the 3D geometry invented by the MIT team could be used with mater...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985053/designers-want-to-transform-elevators-into-fashionable-and-functional-room-s Designers want to transform elevators into "fashionable and functional room(s)" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfxu09chcu98tzkl.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget climbing stars, or even walking laterally--in the increasingly dense and rapid reality of urban life, elevators have become a major part of daily living. According to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/23/meteoric-rise-lifts-magnetic-smart-elevators-transform-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, major elevator designers like Otis are considering re-designing the elevator to become a more comfortable and friendly space. Precisely what form this will take is a bit unclear, but it may involve more stylish decor, and perhaps even a change in elevator culture itself (the reason most elevators have the floor number display up so high is to give people an excuse not to have to make eye contact with each other).&nbsp;</p><p>Elevators, making news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a 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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984941/watch-a-meditative-and-breathtaking-aerial-survey-of-the-l-a-river Watch a meditative and breathtaking aerial survey of the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:54:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Only one thing is certain now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> has undertaken the plan to revitalize the LA River: in the future, it will be different.</p><p>Check out Archinect's extensive coverage of the LA River Redevelopment, including interviews with major players like Mia Lehrer via the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> series...</p><p></p><p></p><p>This elegant aerial video by Chang Kim captures the current state of the concrete-channeled river, offering not only a meditative journey over freeway overpasses, opportunistic scrub brush and litter-choked rivulets, but a lush historic record of what this city's main water artery was, whatever it may eventually become. With a spare piano soundtrack composed by Nils Frahm, the video comes in at just under five minutes:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984532/aia-study-reveals-architects-want-material-manufacturers-to-step-up-their-digital-game AIA study reveals architects want material manufacturers to step up their digital game Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:27:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/0071zbmpvl8da2ci.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any architect who has spent precious time trying to identify a chrome versus silver nickel plated kitchen faucet for a client can attest, outdated websites and their corresponding vague specifications from building products and materials manufacturers makes life unnecessarily tedious. This specifications fatigue has been backed up by a study conducted by the AIA, in which architects hope that in addition to digital upgrades, manufacturers will make it easier for them to earn continuing education credits while they toil away in search of specifics. Here are the five main conclusions from the AIA study, as quoted in a press release:</p><ul><li>Improved websites. Architects want product websites that are clear, concise, up-to-date, and easy to navigate. They also want easy access (no sign-up to view product information) and access to detailed information, including building information models and objects.</li><li>Focus on education. Architects are required to take continuing education courses in order t...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984491/the-logistics-of-building-nasa-s-carbon-dioxide-insulated-ice-home-on-mars The logistics of building NASA's carbon-dioxide insulated, "Ice Home" on Mars Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T13:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:29:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwaz1s8y8k0xqnlz.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you don't think you can handle another year on Earth, the possibility of dwelling comfortably on another planet is closer than you might expect. After announcing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a winning design from Clouds Architecture Office and Space Exploration Architecture last October</a>,&nbsp;NASA has released more detailed logistical plans for building a carbon dioxide insulated, ice-filled exterior home that could be assembled by robots in preparation for human habitation. The design uses naturally occurring resources found on Mars and predicts that with the planet's estimated daily water extraction rate, it would take about 400 days for the exterior to be filled with water. As the <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/a-new-home-on-mars-nasa-langley-s-icy-concept-for-living-on-the-red-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article notes</a>:</p><p><em>The &ldquo;Mars Ice Home&rdquo; is a large inflatable torus, a shape similar to an inner tube, which is surrounded by a shell of water ice. The Mars Ice Home design has several advantages that make it an appealing concept. It is lightweight and can be transported and deployed with simple robotics, then filled with water before the ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984365/7-eleven-becomes-first-retailer-to-employ-drone-delivery 7-Eleven becomes first retailer to employ drone delivery Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T16:50:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:22:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.jpg" width="650" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>7-Eleven, the world&rsquo;s largest convenience store chain, shared new numbers from its drone delivery experiment today. Seventy-seven customers in Reno, Nev., have now received items ordered from 7-Eleven delivered to their doorsteps via drone. All 77 flights were from one store to a dozen select customers who live within a mile of the shop. 7-Eleven has partnered with the drone maker Flirtey for its delivery pilot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It marks the first regular commercial drone delivery service to operate in the United States, flying ahead of other, potentially bigger drone delivery projects that haven&rsquo;t yet been able to take off in the U.S. &mdash; like Alphabet&rsquo;s Project Wing and Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Air, the latter of which only demonstrated its first delivery to a customer last week.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a flight through Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974063/uber-takes-to-the-skies-with-a-new-advertising-strategy-in-mexico-df" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984341/discovering-a-lost-civilization-with-cutting-edge-technology Discovering a lost civilization with cutting-edge technology Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lp/lp5oepbdfz984we0.jpg" width="650" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Entering the ruins was a disappointment. If the Mosquitia jungle were superimposed on Times Square, the foliage would be so thick that you would have no inkling you were in the midst of a city. Even standing at the base of an earthen pyramid in the central plaza of T1, surrounded by earthworks, terracing, and mounds, I had not the slightest idea that this was the main public space of what had once been a thriving city of thousands. Only through technology did we know our location in the ruins.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Douglas Preston discusses exploring an ancient city left untouched in the jungles of Honduras and rediscovered with LIDAR technology. The city was abandoned around 1500, devastated not by direct contact with Europeans but rather with the diseases they carried:</p><p><em>This inferno of contagion destroyed thousands of societies and millions of people, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, from California to New England, from the Amazon rain forest to the tundra of Hudson Bay. It was the greatest catastrophe ever to befall the human species. The death of T1 was but one tile in this vast mosaic of annihilation.</em></p><p>More on ancient cities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983468/the-stonehenge-in-the-amazon-reveals-an-unexpected-ancient-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Stonehenge" in the Amazon reveals an unexpected ancient history</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982755/one-of-the-best-long-reads-of-2016-explores-the-demise-of-a-medieval-u-s-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the best long reads of 2016 explores the demise of a medieval U.S. city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982396/isis-militants-retake-ancient-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants retake ancient city of Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983978/robots-could-soon-maintain-the-sydney-opera-house-s-one-million-roof-tiles Robots could soon maintain the Sydney Opera House's one million roof tiles Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T19:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-03T22:41:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsv68uj8t9fdgrkx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One million brilliant white tiles clad the 65m-tall precast concrete roof [...] glazed ceramic tiles need to be hand-checked, or tapped, every five years by specialist engineers, who abseil down the roof &ldquo;sails&rdquo; looking for changes in their sound or appearance. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of the opera house, the Getty Foundation, the University of Sydney and the engineering and design group Arup, this expensive, vertigo- inducing process is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43ey8m85291h357w.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950257/j-rn-utzon-s-saga-with-the-sydney-opera-house-coming-to-the-big-screen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's saga with the Sydney Opera house coming to the big screen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83759456/the-sydney-opera-house-by-j-rn-utzon-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Opera House by J&oslash;rn Utzon Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016 Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uuomzuolctphz6b.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/us/usai4p6sdtew1c7k.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983755/boring-how-serious-is-elon-musk-about-his-latest-traffic-solving-venture Boring: how serious is Elon Musk about his latest traffic-solving venture? Alexander Walter 2016-12-23T14:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-02T14:48:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b3/b3okjdp3s44f304u.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has a pretty good sense of humor, but sometimes we can't tell when he's just joking or mulling his next big idea.&nbsp; For example, on Saturday Musk took to Twitter to say out loud what every traffic-plagued Los Angeles resident is silently screaming inside: The city is a gridlocked hellscape. &nbsp; "Traffic is driving me nuts," wrote Musk. But he didn't stop there. He also raised the idea of boring through obstacles to alleviate traffic woes.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>"It would be easy to toss this off as random talk from an eccentric auto and space mogul, but Musk's last "random idea," the Hyperloop, has spawned a number of startups and millions in funding. So when Musk not only says that boring through things would be a good idea to ease traffic, but that he plans to do it himself, it's time to start paying attention."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962733/forget-solar-panels-elon-musk-is-thinking-solar-roof" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget solar panels: Elon Musk is thinking "solar roof"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953303/elon-musk-thinks-tesla-could-be-worth-1-trillion-if-it-buys-solarcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk thinks Tesla could be worth $1 trillion &ndash; if it buys SolarCity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983712/als-stricken-landscape-architect-designs-home-controlled-by-his-eyes ALS-stricken landscape architect designs home controlled by his eyes Julia Ingalls 2016-12-22T18:46:00-05:00 >2016-12-28T08:29:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ou/ouf1ke3f99a6313v.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being diagnosed with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ALS</a>, a disease of the nervous system that gradually takes away motor control, breathing, and speech, 38-year-old landscape architect Steve Saling decided to invent a home that he could control with eye movements. As <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/22/health/als-steve-saling-residence/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CNN.com</a> explains:</p><p><em>With a grant of $500,000 from Berman, Saling went to work. He started by designing an electronic automation system called a Promixis Environment Automation Controller, or PEAC. The system uses a wireless signal to allow Saling and other patients to open and close doors, call an elevator, and operate the TV and lights. They carry out these tasks with small movements of their eyes -- or, for some patients, using brain waves.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Saling laid out the facility to maximize social interaction and designed the garden with a reinforced layer so wheelchairs wouldn't damage the lawn. His goal was to create a nursing residence that felt like home.</em></p><p>For the latest on smart-home design:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983421/mark-zuckerberg-unveils-a-home-operating-ai-app-called-jarvis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg unveils a home operating AI app called "Jarvis...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983667/researchers-discover-glue-that-makes-plant-cell-walls-strong-foreseeing-brighter-future-for-wooden-skyscrapers Researchers discover 'glue' that makes plant cell walls strong — foreseeing brighter future for wooden skyscrapers Alexander Walter 2016-12-22T14:12:00-05:00 >2016-12-23T23:26:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wq/wqct2t1l13c5jmj7.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Molecules 10,000 times narrower than the width of a human hair could hold the key to making possible wooden skyscrapers and more energy-efficient paper production, according to research published today in the journal Nature Communications. The study, led by a father and son team at the Universities of Warwick and Cambridge, solves a long-standing mystery of how key sugars in cells bind to form strong, indigestible materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But just as this could improve how easily materials can be broken down, the discovery may also help them create stronger materials, he says. There are already plans to build houses in the UK more sustainably using wood, and Paul Dupree is involved in the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge, which is looking at whether buildings as tall as skyscrapers could be built using modified wood."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934541/greg-lynn-the-future-of-glue-in-architecture-is-bright" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn: The future of glue in architecture is bright</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945987/future-sustainable-skyscrapers-will-be-made-of-wood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future sustainable skyscrapers will be made of...wood?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962094/scientists-are-developing-a-digestive-building-material-that-cleans-wastewater-and-produces-electricity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scientists are developing a 'digestive' building material that cleans wastewater and produces electricity</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983540/las-vegas-s-city-facilities-are-now-entirely-run-on-renewable-energy Las Vegas's city facilities are now entirely run on renewable energy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-21T12:38:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T14:28:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84hos3nd5wa7jino.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a large solar array, Boulder Solar 1, came online on Dec. 12, the city was able to buy enough carbon-free electricity to power its 140 buildings, streetlights and other facilities. [...] The renewables, plus energy efficiency savings, are estimated to save the city roughly $5 million per year [...] The Vegas city council, after threatening to leave the grid entirely in 2015, struck a deal with NV Energy that would help the city get to 100% renewable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><p><a title="AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979877/aecom-halts-work-on-faraday-future-s-1-billion-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM halts work on Faraday Future's $1-Billion Nevada factory</a></p><p><a title="Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963003/zappos-ceo-tony-hsieh-made-a-350-million-bet-on-downtown-las-vegas-five-years-later-the-results-are-murky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh made a $350 million bet on downtown Las Vegas &ndash; five years later, the results are murky</a></p><p><a title="Vegas is back...sorta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132487604/vegas-is-back-sorta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vegas is back...sorta</a></p><p><a title="Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120430561/learning-from-las-vegas-a-look-at-the-strip-through-urban-planning-lenses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Learning from Las Vegas: a look at the Strip through urban planning lenses</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983474/traveling-the-world-to-understand-the-future-of-cities Traveling the world to understand 'The Future of Cities' Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T18:23:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:57:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jj/jjn70mq036s7ghuy.jpg" width="650" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The inevitable, and accelerating, growth of cities is an undisputed premise in contemporary urbanist discourses. With the rapid rise of entirely new cities proliferating around the globe, questions arise of how much in urban life can be improved with a blank slate. This short film from The Nantucket Project (a TED-ish conference focused on big ideas) looks at how different cities are approaching that future &ndash; focusing on issues of technology, transportation, health and history.</p><p></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964524/in-less-than-10-years-india-s-construction-market-will-become-the-third-largest-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In less than 10 years, India's construction market will become the third largest in the world</a></p><p><a title="Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></p><p><a title="A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983421/mark-zuckerberg-unveils-a-home-operating-ai-app-called-jarvis Mark Zuckerberg unveils a home operating AI app called "Jarvis" Julia Ingalls 2016-12-20T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-12-22T23:15:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d0xbxnyjrp91bou.jpg" width="650" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At last, somebody understands Mark Zuckerberg, and it's an artificial intelligence app that speaks with the wisdom and patience of Morgan Freeman. Partially an internet of things melded with a changeable, celebrity-cameo Siri (Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a brief aural appearance), <a href="https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10102577175875681" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zuckerberg's home-running app Jarvis</a> is demonstrated by the inventor himself in the video below.</p><p></p><p>Facebook in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960015/facebook-enters-the-housing-market-and-it-s-probably-not-a-good-thing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook enters the housing market &ndash; and it's probably not a good thing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953233/without-uber-or-lyft-austin-turns-to-facebook-for-rides" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Without Uber or Lyft, Austin turns to Facebook for rides</a></li><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></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983413/china-will-build-modular-housing-factories-in-the-uk-aiming-to-produce-25-000-homes-per-year China will build modular housing factories in the UK, aiming to produce 25,000 homes per year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-20T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T15:03:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uz/uzxooguffkhmdi7b.jpg" width="650" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The six planned factories will use British light gauge steel framing to produce panelised components for residential developments that are &ldquo;at least 75% off-grid&rdquo; thanks to solar power and energy efficient design, renewables developer Welink said in announcing the joint venture today (19 December). [...] The UK government greeted the news enthusiastically, as it tries to lure innovative entrants to the UK housing market to help it deliver its objective of 1 million new homes by 2020.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More pre-fab on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979856/shop-designed-brooklyn-tower-now-world-s-tallest-modular-building-opens-its-doors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower &ndash; now world's tallest modular building &ndash; opens its doors</a></li><li><a title="Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974727/jean-nouvel-s-prefab-simple-home-can-be-reconfigured-from-the-inside-out" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jean Nouvel's prefab 'Simple' home can be reconfigured from the inside out</a></li><li><a title="To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149958641/to-solve-a-housing-crisis-invest-more-in-modular-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To solve a housing crisis, invest more in modular construction</a></li><li><a title="A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147884890/a-parisian-architect-s-plan-to-solve-housing-shortages-by-adding-pre-fab-houses-to-existing-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Parisian architect's plan to solve housing shortages by adding pre-fab houses to existing structures</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983251/complexity-and-convention-an-exhibition-curated-by-greg-lynn-to-open-at-the-yale-school-of-architecture "Complexity and Convention", an exhibition curated by Greg Lynn, to open at the Yale School of Architecture Nicholas Korody 2016-12-19T12:37:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:22:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s3/s3lrloxqwnt2hojr.jpg" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Opening on Thursday, January 12 at the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, &ldquo;Archaeology of the Digital: Complexity and Convention&rdquo; is a new exhibition that considers the integration of digital technologies in architecture practice during the 1990s and 2000s. The exhibition, which is curated by Greg Lynn, is the third and final exhibition of the &ldquo;Archaeology of the Digital&rdquo; series organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA). The series highlights 25 seminal projects while considering the preservation challenges posed by digital archives.</p><p>Unlike the first two exhibitions, &ldquo;Complexity and Convention&rdquo; looks at similarities, rather than distinctions, in the approaches of various projects. The exhibition is divided into five themes: high fidelity 3D, structure/cladding, data, photorealism, and topography/topology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nd/ndgfumuz8zyagjas.jpg"></p><p>Projects featured in the exhibition include:</p><p><em>Erasmus Bridge (Rotterdam, The Netherlands; 1990-1996) by Van Berkel &amp; Bos Architects; Chemnitz Stadium (Chemnitz, Ge...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2 Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2 Alexander Walter 2016-12-16T18:47:00-05:00 >2016-12-26T15:31:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7mpc03ti49p6wqaw.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With all the drone construction videos of the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/495725/apple-campus-2-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Campus 2</a> (AC2) circulating on the interwebs, it's easy to lose track of what the progress has been on this Foster-designed Goliath of a project just in recent months.</p><p>Luckily this latest 4K video by Matthew Roberts on YouTube provides a handy 6-month time lapse of key campus sites, like 'the Spaceship,' auditorium/theater, primary access tunnel, research &amp; development facility, the atrium, main parking garages, fitness center, maintenance facility, and the infamous 'mountain of dirt.'</p><p>Watch the video further below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uw/uw94ezll0gkc7q2f.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2h/2h4ctfaauyofv5jk.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pr/przcr7w0smugs98c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2e/2eljq9nrt6p2aoql.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/st/stb2gqkvex0bcuar.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via Matthew Roberts' <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioN1LzMHL-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone video</a> on YouTube.</em></p><p>More recent AC2 news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982704/new-photos-of-the-interior-and-exterior-of-apple-s-norman-foster-designed-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New photos of the interior and exterior of Apple's Norman Foster-designed campus</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951224/apple-s-spaceship-campus-by-the-numbers-including-an-estimated-5b-price-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus, by the numbers (including an estimated $5b price tag)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982893/airbnb-reveals-its-top-17-trending-city-neighborhoods-for-travel Airbnb reveals its top 17 trending city neighborhoods for travel Alexander Walter 2016-12-15T18:09:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T23:07:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oh/ohe4ktjz7zj7iol3.jpg" width="650" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The hottest Airbnb deals are&mdash;surprise!&mdash;a little bit out of the way. The home-and-room rental platform has revealed the top 17 neighborhoods whose bookings grew the most this year, based on 140 million arrivals at 3 million homes. Peppered throughout are terms like &ldquo;off the usual tourist path&rdquo; or &ldquo;a tranquil outpost&rdquo; and &ldquo;though detached from city proper.&rdquo; [...] While smaller than many of Airbnb&rsquo;s major markets, these neighborhoods could be in for even more growth in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a data analysis <a href="https://press.atairbnb.com/17-neighborhoods-to-watch-in-2017-airbnb-data-reveals-trending-neighborhoods-for-travel/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> unveiled yesterday, Airbnb summarizes what travelers are allegedly looking for this year:</p><p><em>"In cities like Miami and Seoul, travelers to this year&rsquo;s trending neighborhoods can connect with Experience hosts for local access you won&rsquo;t find in typical tourist guides: In Miami&rsquo;s Midtown neighborhood, guests can experience the fun, mindful side of Miami with yoga by the beach, paddleboarding and fresh dining; near Daehangno in Seoul, visitors can book a journey through the underground food scene, getting front and center in the kitchens of some of the best restaurateurs in the country. Coming soon are Experiences in New Orleans, Seattle, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Prague, Madrid, Dublin, Provence, Sydney, Bangkok and Osaka [...]."</em></p><p>Looking at the travel patterns of more than 140 million total guest arrivals at 3 million homes on Airbnb&nbsp;from 2015 to 2016, these city neighborhoods are reported as the 17 most trending for travelers in 2017:</p><ol><li>Milneburg in New Orl...</li></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982720/inside-big-s-twisted-twin-towered-grove-at-grand-bay Inside BIG's twisted, twin-towered Grove at Grand Bay Julia Ingalls 2016-12-14T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-12-21T21:57:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wb/wb0cdi5s2zfp5nvv.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>At each elevation from the third through 17th floors, the floor plates in Bjarke Ingels Group's new Grove at Grand Bay rotate three feet, creating a twisting set of luxury residential towers that from the ground resemble the splayed bellows of dueling concrete accordions. Indeed, these 20-story sustainable towers, which are expected to attain LEED Gold status, seem to be designed as much for the entertainment value of sweeping aerial flyover shots as actual inhabitation.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7eezmu0oq7rsrgdh.jpg"></p><p>The interiors do possess a kind of upbeat brutalist vibe; slanted concrete pillars face off against vibrant murals and landscape architect&nbsp;Raymond Jungles' gardens&nbsp;in the common areas, while the residences themselves take in views of the arts community in which it is sited, Coconut Grove.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/05/05z7lbl3kp9zyfog.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Coconut Grove is a special place with a well-defined soul, so it was important that Grove at Grand Bay respond to its community through a design that was respectful and distinctive,&rdquo; Bjarke Ingels is quoted as saying in a press rel...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982704/new-photos-of-the-interior-and-exterior-of-apple-s-norman-foster-designed-campus New photos of the interior and exterior of Apple's Norman Foster-designed campus Julia Ingalls 2016-12-14T12:34:00-05:00 >2016-12-14T12:35:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tr/trn3keb7z4xr1w5n.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>French website <a href="http://www.macg.co/aapl/2016/12/apple-fait-un-point-en-photos-sur-les-travaux-de-campus-2-96638" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mac Generation</a> has obtained photos of newly completed portions of the Apple Campus 2 as designed by Foster + Partners. The exterior, which in renderings possessed a certain monolithic frisbee quality, is far more vivid in real life. Here are photos of both the interior and exterior, including a shot of one of the roof's 59 skylights:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/li/linnioe8k7n71w5y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u7/u7lypntfse4x5uod.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2e/2e0wzrrog9fc9ulc.jpg"></p><p>Apple is expected to start moving its operations into the building in 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y0/y0pe1vvv3gvoavf0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/25xtei3zsbvs1bta.jpg"></p><p>For more on the Apple Campus:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938303/check-out-the-latest-4k-drone-footage-of-the-new-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Check out the latest 4K drone footage of the new Apple campus</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934825/apple-s-new-spaceship-campus-is-taking-shape" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new spaceship campus is taking shape</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982541/urban-land-institute-hosts-urban-planning-lego-workshop-for-students Urban Land Institute hosts urban planning Lego workshop for students Julia Ingalls 2016-12-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pa/paiske2o46cwe0zl.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What better way to teach high school-age students how to tackle the problems of urban planning than with Legos? This was the thought of the Urban Land Institute, which according to this article in <a href="http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/12/01/program-brings-responsible-urban-planning-to-life-with-lego.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metro News</a> put on a workshop for an 11th grade class in Toronto to help them plan a city that, while fictional, took many of its challenges from Toronto's current urbanity. As the article notes:</p><p><em>The students were divided into teams and given the task of designing a new, mixed-use development while balancing competing demands like affordable housing, business interests and environmental standards.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>For example, Yutiga&rsquo;s team had to think on their feet when they realized they &ldquo;couldn&rsquo;t create underground parking due to soil conditions.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>And like Toronto, the fictional city their development was in also grapples with problems like food deserts, homelessness and, of course, parking.</em></p><p><em>&#8203;</em>For more in Lego-related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149974598/the-brief-and-wondrous-life-of-modulex-lego-s-building-system-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Brief and Wondrous Life of Modulex, Lego's Building System for Architects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149971968/see-downtown-los-angeles-in-legos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See Down...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982542/architecture-education-in-the-even-more-automated-near-future Architecture education in the (even more) automated (near) future Nicholas Korody 2016-12-13T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58496d558f88018bcf4f73ca5e2ae221.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a robot-&#8203;&#8203;proof edu&shy;ca&shy;tion, we have to focus on what humans do that robots cannot do: think cre&shy;atively, work with others, think about ethics. For instance, sup&shy;pose a sce&shy;nario where a self-&#8203;&#8203;driving car can either hit three people and hurt the pas&shy;sen&shy;gers, or save the pas&shy;sen&shy;gers but hit 10 people. What is it going to do? Who&rsquo;s going to pro&shy;gram that? Who&rsquo;s going to decide?&nbsp;You.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a Q&amp;A between Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun and George Thrush, founding director of the School of Architecture, the two educators touched on the implications of automation for architectural education, among other things. "Cre&shy;ative thinking and inno&shy;va&shy;tion, entre&shy;pre&shy;neur&shy;ship, crit&shy;ical thinking, thinking in a diver&shy;gent way, ethics&mdash;that&rsquo;s the purview of the human being," Aoun states.</p><p>More on automation:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj6qdCd2PHQAhVhslQKHWAuAjQQFggyMAQ&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Ffeatures%2Farticle%2F149935222%2Farchitecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work&amp;usg=AFQjCNGtFL3-eVTWSXs4hrQPu2r0csx9tw&amp;sig2=ajgueO7f6qv8_bInaKelOQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981970/plp-architecture-conceives-of-automated-underground-cartube-for-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture conceives of automated, underground "CarTube" for London</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981633/amazon-s-newest-venture-promises-to-shake-up-retail-design-and-eliminate-the-need-for-cashiers-altogether" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's newest venture promises to shake up retail design&mdash;and eliminate the need for cashiers altogether</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982135/charles-leadbeater-on-the-meaning-of-home-in-today-s-culture-of-rootlessness Charles Leadbeater on the meaning of home in today's culture of rootlessness Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T15:20:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T20:29:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xw60agsfuzyc2qp3.jpg" width="650" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tiny house is just one example of the lengths to which people will go to create a sense of home even when they lack the means for it. It&rsquo;s just one symptom of a much wider and intensifying search for belonging, which makes home as important to politics as the idea of class or rights &ndash; especially now, when so many people feel displaced, both literally and figuratively, by life in innovation-driven, high-tech, networked capitalism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149948248/humans-and-other-things-that-nest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Humans and other things that nest</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980461/how-tadao-ando-defines-his-own-home-for-the-spirit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Tadao Ando defines his own "home for the spirit"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149969474/the-downsides-of-the-charming-holdout-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The downsides of the charming "holdout" houses</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982124/whatever-happened-to-china-s-futuristic-traffic-elevated-bus Whatever happened to China's futuristic Traffic Elevated Bus? Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T17:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg" width="640" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's once-celebrated Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been left abandoned in the middle of a Hebei city road, not having moved once in over two months. Originally touted as the futuristic solution to urban traffic jams, the "straddling bus" is currently causing them. A local reporter recently checked up on "the future of public transportation" at its testing site in Qinhuangdao, only to find it forgotten in a rusted garage, covered in dust.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yz/yz6vllssbwzv23nu.jpg"></p><p><em>"To test its invention, the company actually leased part of a city road in Qinhuangdao. Since the bus now remains exactly where it was abandoned , it continues to block three lanes of traffic, annoying residents to no end."</em></p><p>The 'road-straddling bus' previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149981978/shop-architects-flotsam-jetsam-installation-is-world-s-largest-3d-printed-object SHoP Architects' "Flotsam & Jetsam" installation is world's largest 3D-printed object Julia Ingalls 2016-12-08T13:22:00-05:00 >2016-12-12T20:13:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0o/0obp562izbmnlq86.jpg" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Biodegradable bamboo filament makes up the globe's largest 3D printed object, an installation for this year's Design Miami Fair designed by SHoP Architects called "Flotsam &amp; Jetsam" that will make a subsequent appearance as a site for performances and educational programs in the&nbsp;Jungle Plaza in the Design District by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami&nbsp;in 2017.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pk/pkr858pybszot6xm.jpg"></p><p>In this <a href="http://theartnewspaper.com/reports/xl-to-3d/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Newspaper</a> interview with SHoP principal&nbsp;Gregg Pasquarelli, he described the process behind the making of the installation. "We worked with two companies: Branch Technology based in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which produced three-dimensionally printed bamboo," he said.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0n/0ntd39y32nts2whs.jpg"></p><p>"We thought that could be an nice intersection between furniture and art. ORNL actually broke the &shy;Guinness World Record for the largest solid 3D-printed &shy;structure earlier this year [when it created a tool to be used for building Boeing jets], so they are breaking their own record with this pavilion."</p><p>For more...</p>