Archinect - News 2014-12-21T15:15:58-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-20T21:21:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345851/4d-printing-introduces-the-dimension-of-transformation-over-time 4D printing introduces the dimension of transformation over time Archinect 2014-12-19T14:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T17:10:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sanbsl89jt6l32wc.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These sorts of structural deformations are not new &mdash; researchers have already demonstrated &ldquo;memory&rdquo; and &ldquo;smart material&rdquo; properties. One of the most popular technologies is known as&nbsp;shape memory alloy, where a change of temperature triggers a shape change. Other successful approaches use&nbsp;electroactive polymers, pressurised fluids or gasses, chemical stimulus and even in response to light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet... Archinect 2014-12-19T14:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T13:35:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7up4aigu0m7pwcp.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Hyperloop in California could be built within a decade, for between $7 and $16 billion and there are no technical showstoppers, Ahlborn says. In other words, while Musk&rsquo;s initial estimate of $4 billion was somewhat optimistic, it wasn&rsquo;t exceptionally far off, especially given that Ahlborn believes the ultimate number for the hyperloop between San Francisco and Los Angeles would come in toward the lower end of the range.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116269641/beyond-the-grid-s-vision-to-make-a-lower-manhattan-neighborhood-more-resilient Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T14:13:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c291e146935a81e97511da5241ecb06b.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren&rsquo;t typically incorporated into the same project. Beyond The Grid &mdash; an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan &mdash; does just that. And the fact that the&nbsp;proposal has been created in this&nbsp;neighborhood is no accident.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116194161/urban-design-at-the-intersection-of-development-science-and-super-computing Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116119506/will-la-finally-become-a-city-of-cabs Will LA Finally Become A City of Cabs? Nicholas Korody 2014-12-16T15:14:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6dj753emyrk4sjgu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to the terms of the proposed draft order, every taxi in Los Angeles would have to become accessible via a mobile application similar to the ones used by Uber and Lyft. These applications will require certification by the Taxi Commission, which can then specify things like pricing maximums and limits on hours worked in a single shift, and can perhaps even set up a rating and complaint system for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116118701/wired-looks-at-ground-truth-google-s-initiative-to-improve-maps-accuracy Wired looks at "Ground Truth", Google's initiative to improve Maps accuracy Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c620eeefa919237737e5156870d1e4dc.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team&nbsp;assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor&mdash;an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It&nbsp;continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube Paul Petrunia 2014-12-11T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T14:27:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/rywzcyk2xsl4zwm9.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google announced today it&rsquo;s making a platform&nbsp;available to museums that enables them to build mobile applications that take advantage of Google technology, including Street View and YouTube, to bring their exhibits to anyone with a smartphone. Through partnerships between museums worldwide and the Google Cultural Institute, there are now 11&nbsp;museums and cultural institutions that&nbsp;have participated in this pilot project&nbsp;to date; their apps are live now on Google Play.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115655555/the-anatomy-of-emergency The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961.jpg" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115511004/l-a-mayor-calls-for-mandatory-earthquake-retrofitting L.A. Mayor Calls for Mandatory Earthquake Retrofitting Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T17:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T20:36:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xukgpfzmx3b02bf2.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history that would require owners to retrofit thousands of building most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. Garcetti&rsquo;s recommendations target two of the riskiest types of buildings in Los Angeles built before 1980: concrete buildings and wooden structures built atop weak first floors, such as those on top of carports and garages and supported by slender columns.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115223812/editor-s-picks-396 Editor's Picks #396 Nam Henderson 2014-12-05T14:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T17:38:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8irjst3gxs45lqhq.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/archiadventures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beth Mosenthal</a>&nbsp;penned an <strong>Op-Ed:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114913845/op-ed-if-architecture-were-optimism-a-response-to-michael-kimmelman-s-critique-of-1-wtc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Response to Michael Kimmelman's Critique of 1 WTC</a>. She writes "I&nbsp;<em>can only imagine the list of priorities that 1 World Trade entailed, but am still celebratory of the feat that it was realized despite perhaps the greatest obstacles any project could possibly have&mdash;fear and memory</em>".&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/pedaldesignlab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Koense</a>&nbsp;chose to respectfully disagree with her "<em>The building is a touchstone for the future of large scale bunker buildings in America...which will certainly preclude the kinds of mixed use that Kimmelman's real critique addressed...Thousands died, two wars waged, but we've got our post card view, our symbol, our icon, our Freedom Tower. How picturesque</em>". Similarly <strong>Krimson</strong> struggles "<em>to overlook the blatant closed off nature of the project</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jb0dp26nthp3nljw.jpg"></p><p>Plus, the latest <strong>Showcase:</strong> features <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114504045/showcase-sparrenburg-visitor-center-by-max-dudler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sparrenburg Visitor Center by Max Dudler</a>,&nbsp;a "<em>brutalist, rammed concrete</em>"&nbsp;addition to a historic castle/fortress.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3bsg901ptfcy8ehe.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fi/fijxg12qlpbhv8h5.jpg"><br>Paul Katz, who as president and managing principal of KPF was the mastermind of m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016 Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016 Justine Testado 2014-12-01T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T18:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo1vpt15rgkgos66.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many of us who have ridden inside an elevator since its invention 160 years ago are accustomed to hearing its ominous hums and creaks, as well as stories of malfunctioning elevators that cause people to be stuck inside for hours. So, the idea of hopping into a cable-free elevator in a mid to high-rise building can sound both thrilling and nerve-wracking. That idea is soon to become a reality for global transportation manufacturer <a href="http://www.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com/Home.2.0.html?&amp;L=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, who is set out to test the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system once the testing tower in Rottweil, Germany is complete by the end of 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9m8nqlw533xeu2v.jpg"></p><p>MULTI's design is derived from the company's TWIN control system and safety features. Deemed as the world's first cable-free elevator, MULTI includes a multi-level brake system and multiple self-propelled cabins that can be incorporated within the same elevator shaft.</p><p>Operating on a circular system, the elevators will be able to move vertically and horizontally in a loop at a speed of 5 m/s,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114966828/tate-museum-creates-minecraft-world-inspired-by-famous-paintings Tate Museum Creates Minecraft World Inspired by Famous Paintings Nicholas Korody 2014-12-01T15:57:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T15:57:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38tu1oiyfu2gb1hj.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tate Worlds are exciting Minecraft &lsquo;maps&rsquo; that present virtual environments inspired by artworks from Tate&rsquo;s collection. The maps allow players of Minecraft to explore a range of paintings and sculpture, undertaking various activities and challenges that relate to the themes of the artworks, or exploring how they were made. Tate has teamed up with some of Minecraft&rsquo;s best known mapmakers to create these virtual artworks, offering a unique combination of art, history and adventure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The first two maps were released by the museum on November 24th and were based on two famous paintings of urban settings:&nbsp;Andre Derain&rsquo;s 1906 painting of<em>&nbsp;</em>London<em>, The Pool of London</em>, and Christopher Nevinson&rsquo;s 1920 painting of New York,&nbsp;<em>Soul of the Soulless City</em>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q2/q26osmt3ia0i850q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/38tu1oiyfu2gb1hj.jpg">Andr&eacute; Derain, the influential Fauvist painter, depicted the bustling port of the Thames at the turn of the century. In the new Minecraft version of the painting, the &nbsp;bright colors employed by the painter are reproduced on an immersive scale. Gamers can wander the imaginary city and explore such historic sites as the Tower of London.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpc0amn2bj0l2ixf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mz/mzr2ruji8168n6qd.jpg"></p><p>Christopher Nevin's futurist-influenced painting&nbsp;<em>Soul of the Soulless City</em>&nbsp;depicts New York in the 1920s, as it began to emerge both economically and architecturally as a modern metropolis. Fittingly, the experience of the corresponding Minecraft maps begins on a train that hurtles you into the city, just as Nevin's painting utilizes train tracks to convey its convoluted sense of perspectival moti...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114966024/a-unified-approach-to-grown-structures A unified approach to grown structures Archinect 2014-12-01T15:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:50:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gs/gsw3r9u70u7bcklv.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The video shows 15 different variations of one computational growth process. Based on this process we created a series of 3D printed wearables in cooperation with Prof. Neri Oxman from the MIT Media Lab.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f57c1101c5d7626f016fd8b6b9ee6a8.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Shanghai Tower opens as China&rsquo;s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour, or 59 feet (18 m) per second, a new milestone. [...] The question facing the industry today: how fast can elevators go without sacrificing comfort? [...] At 66 feet (20 m) per second, even the slightest vibration will create a shock for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114962805/space-noir Space Noir Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:28:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/90d93355a9a4ace662028470b69c5779.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The European Space Agency recently released a group of photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst showing the International Space Station at night. The only real contextual information provided is that "the six astronauts on the weightless research centre live by GMT, and generally sleep at the same time." Gerst&mdash;so close to Geist!&mdash;thus took advantage of the downtime to produce some images that make the ISS look uninhabited, a dead mansion rolling through space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103863924/how-do-humans-perceive-the-built-environment-in-outer-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How do humans perceive the built environment in outer space?</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114178291/smart-cities-called-smart-but-condemned-to-being-stupid Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T15:32:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xxxq4igps49b8rs.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/535731506103463936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:47:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114119713/11-futuristic-ways-to-improve-our-cities-from-robotic-rats-to-talking-trash-cans 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T15:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T17:23:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6771e79d4f1ae48503319eedc35c63.jpg" width="514" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114041818/3d-soundscape-can-guide-blind-people-through-cities “3D Soundscape” Can Guide Blind People Through Cities Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T15:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:51:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/8567791cf6ea8c90ac21e9605a4815de.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter Cities Unlocked, a project intended to help people with sight loss navigate cities. The brainchild of a blind Microsoft employee, it uses GPS, a 3D audio headset, and Bluetooth beacons, among other technologies. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a blind person, I need to keep my ears open,&rdquo; she says. The headset uses bone-conducting technology, in which vibrations create a &ldquo;3D soundscape&rdquo; around the user.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113959916/how-better-glass-can-save-hundreds-of-millions-of-birds-a-year How Better Glass Can Save Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2abb40a46c3b3a49752e9378aabbde3.jpg" width="160" height="120" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In fact, as many as 600 million birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada every year, scientists estimate. [...] A growing awareness of the threats to bird populations has prompted new laws and voluntary guidelines in cities from Toronto to San Francisco. Along with "green" building programs, these new rules are spurring demand for bird-friendly glass among architects, glass manufacturers, and their clients.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T13:19:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/591546a7e65346582bc04341b3468091.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street. This week, the Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway in a suburb outside of Amsterdam. The 230-foot (70 meters) stretch of energy-absorbing concrete and glass will be used as a bicycle path for commuters, according to the company.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e260424e59eb42fb7087eb599542dbfa.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Courtyard House Plug-in is a modular home that was created by People&rsquo;s Architecture Office to respond to the need of Beijing&rsquo;s historic neighborhoods for modern facilities. [...] This sort of living solution comes in handy when renovating old protected buildings and presents an alternative to tearing them down. &ldquo;Houses tend to degrade when they&rsquo;re vacant and unkempt,&rdquo; says Shen, so plug-ins may help keep places like Hutongs alive despite their beat up look.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343110/the-brain-on-architecture The Brain on Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:09:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01050572aa867aebe87f506e5cc74624.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through &ldquo;architectural aesthetics&rdquo; are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that &ldquo;architectural design matters.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112961869/is-the-architectural-profession-still-relevant Is the Architectural Profession Still Relevant? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-05T15:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T22:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frvgmebsy2q5geae.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of my heroes for this kind of thinking is Denise Scott-Brown. Her application of historical, ethnographic and sociological thinking to urban design and architecture is still incredibly radical, but has been completely overwhelmed by Venturi&rsquo;s obsession with signs and language.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Automated&nbsp;<a href="http://failedarchitecture.com/2013/03/game-over-for-architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design processes</a>, critique on the profession&rsquo;s culture, DIY-design and wider trends put pressure on the social and public relevance of the architect. On the other hand, architects are crossing boundaries, taking up new roles and experimenting with other approaches, while other professionals reinforce the importance of architecture. Melbourne-based architect, researcher and broadcaster&nbsp;<a title="Rory Hyde Projects" href="http://www.roryhyde.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rory Hyde</a>&nbsp;explored these developments in his book &ldquo;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415533546/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0415533546&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=citybrea-20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Practice</a>&ldquo;, by interviewing a wide range of people that observe and practice new strategies for making cities work. We talked to him about these individuals, the architectural profession and other forces that shape our surroundings. Will architecture dissolve into other professions or will it be able to recalibrate itself?"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112802717/geology-and-the-art-of-new-york-city-subway-construction Geology and the Art of New York City Subway Construction Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:40:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8e2e88c2d34fe6ab0bbd8e8b6a6c7e9.jpg" width="514" height="122" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Second Avenue Subway is the stuff of legend in New York City, the locomotive who cried wolf. Plagued by funding shortages, the project has been stop-and-go since the 1920s. Now construction is back to go; in late September, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) [...] requested $1.5 billion [...]. Michael Horodniceanu, head of construction for the MTA, has stated that the long-awaited line may be ready by 2029. In the meantime, the MTA is learning about, and acting on, geology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104400610/nyc-can-t-afford-to-build-the-second-avenue-subway-and-it-can-t-afford-not-to" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112801104/robot-ray-parks-your-car-at-the-airport Robot Ray Parks Your Car At The Airport Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:43:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you in a hurry to catch your flight and still need to find a parking place? Meet Ray, a shiny robot that parks your car at D&uuml;sseldorf Airport in Germany. Ray makes sure you don&rsquo;t have to park miles away from the terminal, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking place. Just drop off your car within a few meters from the check-in area [...]. When you come back from a holiday or business trip, the robot will make sure your car is ready to go when you walk out of the airport.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>