Archinect - News 2017-07-21T14:49:11-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150018719/this-man-designed-an-ai-to-generate-british-placenames This Man Designed an AI to Generate British Placenames Nicholas Korody 2017-07-21T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T12:52:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7q/7qbutl3adtnbrjp9.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any American who tuned into the last British election realized, UK placenames are a bit out there (at least to American ears, that is), from Droop in Dorset to Westward Ho! in Devon. So Dan Ho decided to train a (quirky) AI to generate its own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some of the ones the computer crafted:</p> <ul><li>Ospley</li><li>Stoke Carrston</li><li>Elfordbion</li><li>Hevermilley</li><li>Ell</li><li>Elle&rsquo;s Chorels</li><li>Capton Briins Forehouint Eftte Green</li><li>Waryburn Torner Midlwood</li><li>Wasts Halkstack</li><li>Kinindworthorpe Marmile</li><li>Dompton Ole</li><li>Dimmer Common</li><li>Pairinggleat</li><li>Catley Holtbridgeham Ruse</li><li>Colon-in Mead</li></ul><p>Check out the full list, as well as how he did it, <a href="https://medium.com/@hondanhon/i-trained-a-neural-net-to-generate-british-placenames-9460e907e4e9" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018575/elon-musk-tweets-about-receiving-an-approval-for-an-underground-ny-phil-balt-dc-hyperloop Elon Musk tweets about receiving an approval for an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:24:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T18:23:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/29/29qiz9vpo1n3bl9a.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NY-DC in 29 mins?...</p> <p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018376/inventor-of-the-one-and-only-self-cleaning-home-frances-gabe-has-passed-away-at-101 Inventor of the one and only self-cleaning home, Frances Gabe, has passed away at 101 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-19T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-07-20T13:56:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zj/zjgygv8rae9meord.jpg" width="650" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In each room, Ms. Gabe, tucked safely under an umbrella, could press a button that activated a sprinkler in the ceiling. The first spray sent a mist of sudsy water over walls and floor. A second spray rinsed everything. Jets of warm air blew it all dry. The full cycle took less than an hour. Runoff escaped through drains in Ms. Gabe&rsquo;s almost imperceptibly sloping floors. It was channeled outside and straight through her doghouse, where the dog was washed in the bargain.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>More than half a century ago, incensed by the housecleaning that was a woman&rsquo;s chronic lot, Ms. Gabe began to dream of a house that would see to its own hygiene: tenderly washing, rinsing and drying itself at the touch of a button.</em></p> Ms. Gabe&nbsp;built the self-cleaning house with her own hands and money, receiving <a title="See it here." href="http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=04428085&amp;homeurl=http%3A%2F%2Fpatft.uspto.gov%2Fnetacgi%2Fnph-Parser%3FSect1%3DPTO1%2526Sect2%3DHITOFF%2526d%3DPALL%2526p%3D1%2526u%3D%25252Fnetahtml%25252FPTO%25252Fsrchnum.htm%2526r%3D1%2526f%3DG%2526l%3D50%2526s1%3D4,428,085.PN.%2526OS%3DPN%2F4,428,085%2526RS%3DPN%2F4,428,085&amp;PageNum=&amp;Rtype=&amp;SectionNum=&amp;idkey=NONE&amp;Input=View+first+page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><u>United States patent 4,428,085</u></a> in 1984. After more than 10 years of work and decades of planning, the house of about a thousand square feet was completed in the 1980s, at a cost of $15,000.<figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xh/xhn669g1id6ka32v.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/xh/xhn669g1id6ka32v.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Floor plan</figcaption></figure><em>The house, whose patent consisted of 68 individual inventions, also included a cupboard in which dirty dishes, set on mesh shelves, were washed and dried in situ.</em><em></em><em><br></em>A&nbsp;tightly sealed cabinet was designed to deal with laundry. Soiled clothing was placed inside on hangers, washed and dried there with jets of water and air, and then, still on hangers, pulled neatly by a chain into the clothes closet. Her sink, toilet and bathtub were also self-cleaning.<br>In order to withstand their washing t... http://archinect.com/news/article/150018186/watch-the-progress-of-oda-s-living-facade-in-park-slope Watch the progress of ODA's "Living Facade" in Park Slope Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:15:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2y/2yzkmk91stzz3e6m.gif" width="600" height="600600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of ODA's 251 1st Street residential complex in Park Slope is now reaching completion, demonstrating fragmented massing which the firm believes imbues the structure with a "living facade."</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/hn/hnrnaumth85l612g.gif" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/hn/hnrnaumth85l612g.gif"></a></p></figure><p>As the architects explain, "ODA&rsquo;s inflected the building&rsquo;s upper massing with a cascade of setbacks and terraces, yielding substantial outdoor space, as well as multiple exposures for units." Here's&nbsp;a gif demonstrating the concept from a different perspective:</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/9z/9z3vx1mhsh1yd3ng.gif" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/9z/9z3vx1mhsh1yd3ng.gif"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/g8/g8h7h9d5stp3kcpi.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/g8/g8h7h9d5stp3kcpi.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/vg/vgxadyof2geq8vfv.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/vg/vgxadyof2geq8vfv.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150018158/how-glass-buildings-are-making-fighting-climate-change-harder How glass buildings are making fighting climate change harder Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-18T13:26:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T17:53:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/eq/eq8npdq9z6l8iwzf.jpg" width="650" height="431" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Permissive building codes, industry inertia, and market demands &mdash; like clients clamoring for floor-to-ceiling views &mdash; have widened the discrepancy between the kind of buildings cities say they want and what they actually allow. So while the industry inches towards better environmental performance, buildings in Boston and other cities still fall short of the sustainability goals that everyone claims to embrace.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Courtney Humphries of Boston Globe <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2017/07/14/boston-wants-fight-climate-change-why-every-new-building-made-glass/bPHKGwPxuuwsxHHTdlwmNJ/story.html#comments" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">argues</a> that the current trend for extensive use of glass in buildings contradicts today's strive for sustainability and "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/14019/green-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green building</a>." When New York started tracking energy use by skyscrapers, the gleaming 7 World Trade Center &mdash; one of that city&rsquo;s more efficient glass towers &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/25/science/earth/new-york-citys-effort-to-track-energy-efficiency-yields-some-surprises.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scored worse than the 1930s-era Empire State Building</a>."</p> <p>Taking a lot of energy to heat and cool, glass buildings do not fit well with most climates. "Unlike opaque walls, glass allows heat to pass in and out easily. A 2014 report from the Urban Green Council in New York found that glass buildings have insulation values equivalent to medieval half-timber houses." As the author adds, "Transparent walls also limit privacy, and sunlight can create glare. Reflections on glass buildings can also be a problem; one London skyscraper infamously melted cars parked outside. The Urban Green Council has found that occupants of glass buildings often cover their views with shades and cur...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017942/data-collecting-benches-are-making-their-way-into-cities Data-collecting benches are making their way into cities Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-17T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-17T16:47:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sb/sbozz6pbylczbz3j.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A pair of USB ports on a console on the front of the bench provides juice from the solar panel mounted at lap level between the seats. Who wouldn&rsquo;t want to hang out at a bench like this? It certainly catches the eye of passersby. What these kids might not realize, however, is that this bench is watching them back.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Smart" benches are spreading&mdash;recently a series of them, manufactured by Soofa, was installed in a tiny neighborhood park next to I-77 on the north end of Charlotte, North Carolina with the intent of the neighborhood's analysis and redevelopment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Soofa, founded in 2014 by three graduates of MIT Media Lab, is one of a handful of companies designing data-collecting street furniture. Their solar-powered benches register Wi-Fi enabled devices within 150 feet of them, sending data back to an office building in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. While the sensors can't access personal information from your phone, they pick up and remember your devices' MAC address. The technology allows cities and urban planners to count users of various public spaces, identifying when and for how long they're visited, and potentially optimizing their design.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The line between collecting data for a valid public purpose and the unreasonable surveillance of private citizens can be tough to tease out. Beyond c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017459/amazon-s-patent-for-aquatic-storage-facilities-could-turn-lakes-into-underwater-warehouses Amazon's patent for "Aquatic Storage Facilities" could turn lakes into underwater warehouses Alexander Walter 2017-07-13T15:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T15:54:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jb/jbnxcyfkwef3s0ov.jpg" width="650" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>American e-commerce giant Amazon has filed a patent with the US patents office for a system for storing and retrieving goods in an underwater facility. When an item is ordered for delivery, a sonic signal is transmitted from a buoy to the warehouse, which activates an air canister that inflates a balloon, allowing the chosen product to float to the surface where it would be dispatched to the customer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just last month, Amazon made headlines when it filed a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150014237/amazon-submits-patent-for-a-drone-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">patent for a drone tower design</a>, essentially a multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles in densely populated areas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now a recent Amazon patent for "Aquatic Storage Facilities" has surfaced, allowing us a glimpse into the engineers' quest to overcome limitations in storage capabilities, tackle inefficient use of space in vast fulfillment centers, and eliminate the extremely long distances staff members or robots have to cover when fulfilling orders.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iv/ivhpg9aq8rqynp1o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iv/ivhpg9aq8rqynp1o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>United States Patent Office</figcaption></figure><p>"Because today's online marketplaces offer a wide variety of items to customers [...]," the patent description explains, "fulfillment centers now include increasingly large and complex facilities having expansive capabilities and high-technology accommodations for items, and feature storage areas as large as one million square feet or more. Therefore, in order to prepare and ship an order that includes a large number or different types o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017426/art-collective-meow-wolf-s-cool-new-model-for-artists-to-make-an-excellent-living Art collective Meow Wolf's cool new model for artists to make an excellent living Julia Ingalls 2017-07-13T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T13:54:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yh/yhrsoow40t5gr3rm.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Full-time creative positions, like architects and sound engineers, come with considerable salaries and benefits. &ldquo;We have 20-year-olds making $50,000 a year with us,&rdquo; remarks Everett.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Meow Wolf may have put the starving artist trope to rest in the form of a magnificent new business/installation model.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/s5/s5bkaxl6f4sapy4b.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Kate Russell. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>As this article explains:<br></p> <p><em>Since the Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf opened its permanent installation, the House of Eternal Return, in March 2016, the project has been an unmitigated success in terms of viewership and profits. Housed in a 20,000-square-foot former bowling alley, the sprawling interactive artwork welcomed 400,000 visitors in its first year&mdash;nearly four times as many as expected&mdash;and brought in $6 million in revenue for the collective&rsquo;s more than 100 members.</em></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/di/diqdvrjbdeod2on9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Founding members of Meow Wolf: Corvas Brinkeroff, Sean Di Ianni, Vince Kadlubek, Caity Kennedy, Matt King. Courtesy of Meow Wolf.</figcaption></figure><p>In even better news: at this time of this report <a href="http://archinect.com/jobs/entry/150015844/junior-designer-intern-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meow Wolf is currently hiring</a>!&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150017002/faraday-future-s-1-billion-electric-car-factory-in-nevada-stopped-in-its-tracks Faraday Future's $1 Billion electric car factory in Nevada stopped in its tracks Julia Ingalls 2017-07-11T13:25:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T13:27:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/v4/v4i3hwryfkff1ens.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979877/aecom-halts-work-on-faraday-future-s-1-billion-nevada-factory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">second</a> and likely final time construction will be halted on the one million square foot plant, which according to <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15948976/faraday-future-halts-factory-nevada-cash-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Verge</a>, was going to be Faraday Future's way of competing with fellow electric car manufacturer Tesla.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/81/812divdh7qsmg6vh.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/81/812divdh7qsmg6vh.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Faraday Future's "FFZero1 Concept Prototype." Image: Wikipedia</figcaption></figure><p>As the article notes:<br></p> <p><em>It was just five months ago&nbsp;that FF was claiming that it was finally restarting construction of its proposed factory in North Las Vegas, almost 11 months after construction was first halted&nbsp;amid the company&rsquo;s ongoing financial woes. Now it looks like that factory will never be built, as FF is reportedly looking into pursuing less ambitious (re: cheaper) options.</em></p> <p><em><br></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016993/the-sideways-elevator-that-will-revolutionize-building-has-arrived The sideways elevator that will revolutionize building has arrived Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T10:34:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg" width="650" height="910" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until now, architects have had to design around the elevator shafts, which can comprise 40 percent of a building's core. Multi could allow them to install elevators almost anywhere, including the perimeter. Strong magnets on every Multi car work with a magnetized coil running along the elevator hoistway&rsquo;s guide rails to make the cars float. Turning these coils on and off creates magnetic fields strong enough to pull the car in various directions.&#8203;&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>After three years of work, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/64325/thyssenkrupp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, a&nbsp;company synonymous with elevators, is testing the Multi in a German tower and finalizing the safety certification. Zooming up, down, left, right, and diagonally the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/219791/elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">elevator</a> was just sold to a residential building under construction in Berlin, and is expected to be sold to other developers soon.</p> <p>"Multi moves to-and-fro through exchangers, which you can think of as sophisticated railway switches that guide the cars. Bearings called "slings" mounted to every elevator car allow it to change direction&mdash;say, move to the left, or even go diagonally&mdash;while keeping the car level with the ground. &ldquo;The cabin never moves during an exchange,&rdquo; company CEO Patrick Bass says.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ls/lstv1m6nl1izef4h.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ls/lstv1m6nl1izef4h.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of ThyssenKrupp</figcaption><p>Designed to move 1,000 to 1,400 feet per minute, far slower than the 1,968 fpm experienced in Dubai&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>, the new elevator prioritizes volume over speed. (Speeds over 2,000 feet per minute lead to ear problems and nausea.) Free of the cables...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016755/google-s-dandelion-startup-wants-to-make-geothermal-energy-more-affordable-for-homeowners Google's Dandelion startup wants to make geothermal energy more affordable for homeowners Alexander Walter 2017-07-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T09:23:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.jpg" width="650" height="464" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. [...] Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had been working for several years "to make it easier and more affordable to heat and cool homes with the clean, free, abundant, and renewable energy source right under our feet," and that the efforts culminated with the creation of an independent company outside of Alphabet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In the U.S., buildings account for 39% of all carbon emissions, mostly from the combustion of fossil fuels for heating and cooling," <a href="https://dandelion.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dandelion</a> CEO Kathy Hannun explains on the company's <a href="https://blog.x.company/introducing-dandelion-2706eded169a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog</a>. "In the Northeast, heating and cooling is particularly carbon-intensive due to the relatively high use of fuel oil or propane as a heating fuel.&nbsp;This also leads to unpredictable costs for homeowners; if fuel prices rise during a particularly long and cold winter, their wallets take a hit."</p> <p>Hannun describes how designing a better drill was the key to reducing cost, time, hassle, and environmental impact of the drilling process: "After months of testing, we hit upon a design for a fast, slender drill that hit our objectives. It could drill just one or two deep holes just a few inches wide, and compared to typical installation rigs, it produced less waste and took up much less space as it operated. It left a typical suburban backyard relatively undisturbed, so we could minimize landscaping costs ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016745/allison-arieff-describes-silicon-valley-s-outdated-and-dysfunctional-planning Allison Arieff describes Silicon Valley's outdated and dysfunctional planning Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-10T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T15:43:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p6/p6va5oumn4w3d1ux.jpg" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that&rsquo;s driving the region&rsquo;s stratospheric growth; it looks instead like the 1950s. Looking at aerial views of midcentury campuses like the Eero Saarinen-designed Bell Labs next to contemporary ones like Apple, it&rsquo;s nearly impossible to tell the midcentury structures from the 21st-century ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While Silicon Valley is&nbsp;a&nbsp;place&nbsp;of much interest&nbsp;to many, its architectural image and overall planning is hard to grasp or&nbsp;call successful.</p> <p>Allison Arieff of NY Times argues that the isolated corporate headquarters of tech giants have no consideration for the larger context of their surroundings, and heavily contribute to the Bay area's ever-worsening traffic which in combination with the outdated zoning laws, makes the whole region an extremely hard place to live in.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>"In 2011, when asked by a City Council member what benefit the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148075/apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple headquarters</a> would have for Cupertino, Steve Jobs responded that it&rsquo;d get to keep the company there. And that&rsquo;s about the extent of what it got. A project like the new Norman Foster-designed Apple Park shows a blatant disregard not only for the citizens of Cupertino but also for the functionality of the region."<br></p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/zk/zk3t9rck5x5nzw6o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Apple Headquarters in Cupertino&nbsp;</figcaption></figure><p>"Because of the Bay Area&rsquo;s chronic underinvestment in housing and transit, home prices escalate and cong...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016411/facebook-and-oma-new-york-to-collaborate-on-mixed-use-masterplan-in-menlo-park Facebook and OMA New York to collaborate on mixed-use masterplan in Menlo Park Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-07T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T16:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/az/azdqq8e2fyzsgpua.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13898/facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a> announced today that it has partnered with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10974/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> to design the masterplan for Willow Campus, a mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to their existing headquarters in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582826/menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menlo Park</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The first official step will be the filing of our plan with Menlo Park in July 2017. We will begin more formal conversations with local government officials and community organizations over the course of the review process, which we expect to last approximately two years."&mdash;writes John Tenales,<em>&nbsp;</em>VP Global Facilities and Real Estate.&nbsp;"We envision construction will follow in phases, with the first to include the grocery, retail, housing and office completed in early 2021, and subsequent phases will take two years each to complete."</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg"></a><br></p> <p>Facebook also plans on building 1,500 units of housing on the campus, 15% of which will be offered at below market rates to mitigate traffic impacts from growth. "These efforts complement our ongoing work to address the issue, including the&nbsp;<a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/12/a-partnership-to-strengthen-our-local-community/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalyst Housing Fund</a>&nbsp;for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable ho...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016300/this-proposed-luxury-hotel-by-fender-katsalidis-architects-incorporates-a-suspension-bridge This proposed luxury hotel by Fender Katsalidis Architects incorporates a suspension bridge Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T20:44:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T20:44:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8v/8vjud0xukwcmqtoc.jpg" width="650" height="531" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It will be built from the top down on a suspension bridge, modelled after and painted the colour of the Golden Gate bridge. At its base will be a new 1,075-seat theatre, and below that an excavation site that&rsquo;s 4.5 times as large as the museum&rsquo;s excavation. It is expected to cost over $300m.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a noteworthy meeting of infrastructure and luxury real estate development, Tasmanian organizer of Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) David Walsh believes the people who enjoy the museum will definitely dig an onsite luxury hotel that uses a suspension bridge to support its seven upper storeys. The design has been proposed by Australia's <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/16587198/fender-katsalidis-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fender Katsalidis Architects</a>.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/78/78xj7k5wxr5qpk8w.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/78/78xj7k5wxr5qpk8w.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>A proposed three-story library. Image: Mona</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>In this article he notes that "you can&rsquo;t usually build a theatre inside a building because when it shakes, the whole building shakes. But because this is a bridge, the top seven floors are suspended from above, and the bottom three floors are built from below. They&rsquo;re not connected to each other &ndash; there&rsquo;s no [noise] transmission. It&rsquo;s the best idea anyone ever had. And it wasn&rsquo;t mine!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ux/uxk4t5bgp692aiu1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ux/uxk4t5bgp692aiu1.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>A proposed installation. Image: Mona</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016240/l-a-s-skid-row-housing-trust-c-e-o-mike-alvidrez-will-step-down-in-2018 L.A.'s Skid Row Housing Trust C.E.O. Mike Alvidrez will step down in 2018 Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T17:29:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/73/73b5tw2tnu9cfdpx.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After nearly three decades of involvement with the L.A. Skid Row Housing Trust (and <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149944930/how-4-us-cities-are-applying-architectural-solutions-to-homelessness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">working relationships with architects including Michael Maltzan and Brooks + Scarpa</a>), C.E.O. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/150011561/can-good-design-cure-la-s-homeless-problem-we-asked-mike-alvidrez-ceo-of-skid-row-housing-trust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mike Alvidrez</a> has announced his plans to step down next year.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uc/uch8xtg72hq204ce.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uc/uch8xtg72hq204ce.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure><p>He will remain in an "ambassador"&nbsp;role to help the new leadership, although applicants for that position will not be formally reviewed until later this year. In a statement to <a href="https://archpaper.com/2017/07/mike-alvidrez-skid-row-housing-trust/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architect's Newspaper</a>, Alvidrez noted that "the public perception of supportive housing has forever changed thanks to our partnerships with renowned architects to design beautiful residential and community spaces that foster reconnection, healing, and dignity.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b4/b47vxsohy07wz5r5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/b4/b47vxsohy07wz5r5.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Brooks + Scarpa's homeless housing "The Six" developed in conjunction with the Skid Row Housing Trust. Image: Brooks + Scarpa</figcaption></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016217/china-s-transit-elevated-bus-is-officially-discontinued China's transit-elevated bus is officially discontinued Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T14:49:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wf/wfknpuwfh4k901y4.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many transportation experts were worried about the viability of the project from its earliest stages, including one of the concept creators, Craig Hodgetts. An architecture professor at the University of California in Los Angeles, Hodgetts told Quartz last August that the TEB appeared be an &ldquo;immature project&rdquo; with some &ldquo;fundamental problems.&rdquo; He mentioned, for example, the tight space potentially having a psychological effect on drivers who might respond by braking when driving under the bus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While no clear reason has been given as to why the trial run of the so-called "car-eating" bus has been shuttered, Chinese officials have confirmed that they are removing the electric tracks on which the TEB was running. The trial run was launched last year in August, around which time hopeful videos, such as the one below, were released to demonstrate the concept:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016204/the-mystery-of-how-roman-concrete-has-withstood-the-sea-for-millennia-is-finally-solved The mystery of how Roman concrete has withstood the sea for millennia is finally solved Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T13:09:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zi/zi39nrks1hg60qkh.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Modern, steel-embedded concrete seawalls tend to need repair after a few decades of erosion from the endless procession of waves, but the Roman pier at&nbsp;Portus Cosanus in Orbetello, Italy has remained solid for almost two thousand years. Scientists have finally figured out the missing ingredient of this material's longevity, and it turns out to be mineral growth after the concrete has set.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cl/clq633j8ws7vtjiy.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Ancient Roman Seawall at Portus Cosanus in Orbetello. Image: Wikimapia</figcaption><figcaption></figcaption></figure><p>This concept of concrete that grows after it has been set is something&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150006999/this-bacteria-infused-concrete-heals-when-cracked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">that others have been experimenting with</a>&nbsp;recently, but&nbsp;<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/07/03/secret-roman-concrete-survived-tidal-battering-2000-years-revealed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Telegraph</a>&nbsp;breaks this new discovery down thusly:</p> <p><em>Roman engineers made concrete by mixing volcanic ash with lime and seawater to make a mortar, and then added chunks of volcanic rock. &nbsp;The combination of ash, water, and lime produces what is called a pozzolanic reaction, named after the city of Pozzuoli in the Bay of Naples, triggering the formation of crystals in the gaps of the mixture as it sets.</em></p> <p><em>Th...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150016200/architects-artists-conceive-of-the-world-differently-than-other-people-study-reveals Architects + artists conceive of the world differently than other people, study reveals Julia Ingalls 2017-07-06T12:39:00-04:00 >2017-07-06T12:39:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pw/pwaufx2jnkeoko20.jpg" width="650" height="755" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In a study conducted by UCL and Bangor University researchers in which people were shown a Google Street View, a painting of St. Peter's Basilica and a surreal computer generated image, architects, sculptors and painters consistently conceptualized of the space differently than those with no background in these professions. As this article in <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170628095931.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Science Daily</a> explains:</p> <p><em>The painters tended to shift between describing the scene as a 3D space or as a 2D image. Architects were more likely to describe barriers and boundaries of the space, and used more dynamic terms, while sculptors' responses were between the two. Painters and architects also differed in how they described the furthest point of the space, as painters called it the 'back' and architects called it the 'end.' The control participants gave less elaborate responses, which the authors say went beyond just a lack of expert terminology.</em><em></em><br></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015488/zillow-backs-off-mcmansion-hell Zillow backs off McMansion Hell Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-30T12:46:00-04:00 >2017-06-30T17:14:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yt/yt4363aigsqpawpq.jpg" width="650" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963575/dissecting-mcmansion-ugliness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McMansion Hell</a>, which besides satire, also regularly features educational posts on the history and significance of vernacular architecture in the US, was <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/150014701/mcmansion-hell-is-being-sued-by-zillow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">threatened with a lawsuit</a> this week for using photos obtained from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/544814/zillow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zillow</a> for parody.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/8a/8a6zvmpns6uz2wsy.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/8a/8a6zvmpns6uz2wsy.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of McMansionHell.com</figcaption></figure><p>After <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/06/mcmansion-hell-responds-zillows-unfounded-legal-claims" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Electronic Frontier Foundation</a>, representing Wagner against Zillow, released its letter asserting that the company "cannot leverage its agreements with third parties to assert some kind of 'super copyright' that overrides fair use" Zillow announced that they will not pursue legal action against Wagner. The blogger agreed to stop using photos sourced from the website but will not delete any of the already posted images, as originally requested.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015298/reiulf-ramstad-s-proposal-for-a-multivalent-inspirational-ross-pavilion-in-edinburgh Reiulf Ramstad's proposal for a multivalent, inspirational Ross Pavilion in Edinburgh Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:55:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kc/kcwwcym4yfw3svcr.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While no one can claim that they understand where inspiration comes from, most would agree that it doesn't hurt to have an unfettered view of nature in an architecturally inventive setting. Norwegian architects Reiulf Ramstad are among the seven finalists in the Ross Pavilion International Design Competition to design a new cultural pavilion for Edinburgh's West Princes Street Gardens, and their plans reveal a glass-walled, timber-framed structure that attempts to harmoniously look toward the future while not alienating the centuries-old architecture&nbsp;surrounding it.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/n7/n73cgs5za8vq2pjn.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/fn/fnj75fx4i05u6e42.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>The result is a surprisingly timeless pavilion that encourages contemplation, relaxation, and an appreciation of the Gardens.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/p9/p95od4g59dc127j2.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Forbes Massie Studio</figcaption></figure><p>As the architects explain, "The Ross Pavilion will be the focal point of the city of Edinburgh and its many visitors, but it can also be a symbolic place for all of Scotland as well. The intervention into the Gardens ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015267/transform-your-phone-into-an-augmented-reality-ruler-with-the-soon-to-be-released-app-ar-measure Transform your phone into an augmented-reality ruler with the soon-to-be-released app AR Measure Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T13:46:00-04:00 >2017-07-01T21:09:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/lb/lb9tc6owte5pc31e.gif" width="900" height="506900" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you've ever wanted to measure the dimensions of a window that you can't reach physically, it's largely been a trick of algebra. However, the new <a href="http://armeasure.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AR Measure App</a>, as developed by Laan Labs, promises to make it easy to accurately measure physical objects by simply pointing an iOS device at it. In the demo video, the app is able to instantly render the dimensions of a physical object using the existing sensors of an iPhone or iPad.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ns/nsghs1tgzpd0a6x6.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ns/nsghs1tgzpd0a6x6.jpg"></a><figcaption>"Boat." Image: AR Measure</figcaption></figure></figure><p>In a press release, Laan Labs notes that &ldquo;A lot of the credit here goes to the brilliant engineers at Apple. Our app is built on top of the ARKit Framework that was announced at WWDC 2017. That framework allows us to identify points in space using the iPhones sensors and camera input and then measure the distance between those points.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/eq/eqaawq4qf604u7wf.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/eq/eqaawq4qf604u7wf.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>"Stool." Image: AR Measure</figcaption></figure><p>The demos only show the measurement of height or width of relatively flat objects, as opposed to the surface of a curvy or circular item. In practical terms, this makes th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015236/mit-team-wins-nasa-challenge-to-design-luxury-hotel-in-low-earth-orbit MIT team wins NASA challenge to design luxury hotel in low Earth orbit Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T13:07:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T13:07:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1e/1eywuh3ow08i5xmx.jpg" width="650" height="545" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The MIT project &mdash; the Managed, Reconfigurable, In-space Nodal Assembly (MARINA) &mdash; was designed as a commercially owned and operated space station, featuring a luxury hotel as the primary anchor tenant and NASA as a temporary co-anchor tenant for 10 years. NASA&rsquo;s estimated recurring costs, $360 million per year, represent an order of magnitude reduction from the current costs of maintaining and operating the International Space Station.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l6/l6et33nqy8xunbht.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/l6/l6et33nqy8xunbht.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Left to right: Caitlin Mueller (faculty advisor), Matthew Moraguez, George Lordos, and Valentina Sumini are some of the members of the interdisciplinary MIT team that won first place in the graduate division of the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Design Competition Forum.</figcaption></figure><p>Part luxury hotel, part future Mars explorer, MIT's MARINA has a modular design that works not only to provide a bar, restaurant, gym,and&nbsp;eight rooms for low orbit guests, but can be reconfigured to create an "interplanetary Mars transit vehicle that can enter Mars&rsquo; orbit, refuel from locally produced methane fuel, and return to Earth." At last:&nbsp;a luxury hotel at which it would be appropriate to charge sky-high prices.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150015054/driverless-future-challenge-finalists-envision-autonomous-transit-solutions-for-nyc Driverless Future Challenge finalists envision autonomous transit solutions for NYC Justine Testado 2017-06-28T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T18:17:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/za/za1fex3qdu8oqw6w.jpg" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the rise of autonomous transportation technology&nbsp;in the U.S., what&nbsp;implementable&nbsp;strategies&nbsp;can help&nbsp;a&nbsp;dense urban landscape&nbsp;like New York City prepare efficiently for a driverless future? Design teams from around the world proposed their ideas in the&nbsp;<a href="http://driverlessfuture.blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless Future Challenge</a>, organized by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/111435344blank-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a> (the creators of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/419532/fairy-tales-architecture-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>) and the City of New York.</p> <p>Participants from over 25 countries sent proposals&nbsp;that ranged from driverless food cards to using NYC's 311 system as a driverless dispatching center. Now, the jury has selected the four finalist teams.</p> <p>Find each proposal below &mdash; plus project videos!</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Public Square&rdquo; by FXFOWLE Architects with Sam Schwartz Engineering</strong></p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/db/dbb3mf8jg2y6ybk5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/db/dbb3mf8jg2y6ybk5.jpg"></a><figcaption>&ldquo;Public Square&rdquo; by FXFOWLE Architects with Sam Schwartz Engineering. Image courtesy of Blank Space.</figcaption></figure><p>Project summary: &ldquo;Public Square provides New York City an adaptable, responsive, and environmentally friendly way to rethink its streets and reclaim space for pedestrians. Public Squ...</p></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014911/legendary-texas-architect-frank-welch-has-passed-away-aged-90 Legendary Texas architect Frank Welch has passed away aged 90 Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T19:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T20:14:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2z/2z31tc123cij1mf4.jpg" width="650" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With a sleek modern sensibility and an awareness of the power of open, cleanly articulated vistas, Frank Welch designed sophisticated homes for a sophisticated clientele. Known affectionately as "The Dean,"&nbsp;Welch's 90 years on earth spanned the creation of numerous spacious, elegant structures in a state primed for the appreciation of wide open spaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/nd/ndh87t31i61tcw26.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>The Walter Davis House. Image: TCU Press</figcaption></figure><p>Some of his most famous works include "The Birthday," and The Walter Davis House. Recently, a house he designed known as the Texas Modern on North Janmar went on the market for $3.75 million. The 6,600 square foot home features his trademark "stick ceilings"&nbsp;and resplendent natural vistas.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/0p/0pd9sjwi2b8m0r1k.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Ima ge: Virginia Cole Realtors</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/z7/z7se5bpzfvu2go44.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Texas Modern on North Janmar Drive. Image: Virginia Cole Realtors</figcaption></figure><p>As <a href="http://www.papercitymag.com/home-design/frank-welch-dies-legendary-texas-architect-west-texas-innovator-huge-loss/#108389" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PaperCity Magazine</a> noted, "Welch was recognized with more than 50 awards for design excellence, and in 2006, the Texas Society of Architects presented him with its highest hono...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014804/moma-releases-new-videos-of-jenny-sabin-s-lumen-installation-the-winner-of-2017-young-architects-program MoMA releases new videos of Jenny Sabin's Lumen installation, the winner of 2017 Young Architects Program Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-27T13:34:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T13:57:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hv/hvhl8viegyw13mke.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Jenny Sabin's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149999145/il-lumen-ating-a-conversation-with-jenny-sabin-winner-of-2017-s-moma-ps1-yap" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lumen installation</a>, made up of over a thousand&nbsp;digitally knitted photo luminescent cells that change color in the presence of sunlight, is raised over <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13791/moma-ps1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's PS1</a> courtyard and will open today,&nbsp;on June 27. In the recently published videos, the architect explains the development of the 500-pound solar-active canopy and demonstrates its construction and installation process.&nbsp;</p> <p>Can architecture behave like an organism? | LUMEN (360 VR Video) Part 1 of 4 | AT THE MUSEUM<br></p> <p>Digitally knitting a solar-active canopy | LUMEN Part 2 of 4 | AT THE MUSEUM<br></p> <p>Raising a solar-active canopy at MoMA PS1 | LUMEN Part 3 of 4 | AT THE MUSEUM</p> <p><em>"By night, Lumen is knitted light, bathing visitors in a responsive glow of photo-luminescence; by day, Lumen offers succor from the summer heat, immersing participants in delicious ground clouds of cooling mist. Lumen is a socially and environmentally responsive structure that adapts to the densities of bodies, heat, and sunlight. A lightweight knitted ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014801/a-giant-macbook-tops-out-the-foster-partners-designed-chicago-apple-store A giant MacBook tops out the Foster + Partners-designed Chicago Apple Store Julia Ingalls 2017-06-27T12:41:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T17:16:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sd/sdstzxm0cn86992i.jpg" width="634" height="632" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although the original Foster + Partners renderings for the new Chicago Apple Store did not include a logo on its gray, rectilinear convex carbon-fiber roof, construction workers briefly unrolled the trademark white Apple across what now can only be viewed as a giant MacBook (no word yet on whether the store is meant to be in perpetual sleep mode). Here's a video of the unfurling:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014263/google-s-infamous-1000-floor-elevator-design-question Google's infamous 1000 floor elevator design question Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T17:52:00-04:00 >2017-06-25T16:52:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1x/1xflfyworcu25tfq.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Potential employers don&rsquo;t pose design challenges with the expectation that you blow them away with your ingenuity or clever solutions. They want to see if you ask probing questions that uncover constraints, or if you rush to the whiteboard without deeper understanding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Design challenges are&nbsp;often used by&nbsp;companies to asses potential employees&rsquo; problem solving skills.&nbsp;This Google interview challenge in particular seems to have captivated the design community</p> <p>&mdash;<em>How do you design an interface for a 1000 floor elevator?</em></p> <p><em></em>Dozens of designers around the world have attempted solving the problem by designing elevator's interface. They've all failed because of&nbsp;presuming too many variables&mdash;the user, the environment, the purpose... The answer to the&nbsp;question is that there is simply not enough information provided.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014237/amazon-submits-patent-for-a-drone-tower Amazon submits patent for a drone tower Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-23T15:11:00-04:00 >2017-06-27T18:52:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5j/5je1xytm391vgx3g.jpg" width="650" height="547" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Spotted by The Mercury News, it&rsquo;s designed for &ldquo;densely populated&rdquo; areas. The tower allows drones to fly in and out, acting like a giant beehive, with robotic arms that help snatch them out of the sky. Inside, the core features layers of spokes around one central hub. The spokes are specialized for various purposes, like repairing the drones, or loading them with goods.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/183797/amazon/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> has been experimenting with the use of delivery <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/240637/drones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drones</a> for some time now though this approach to shipping has yet to take off for the e-commerce giant. As they continue testing this prospective delivery method, it is clear the retailer takes the particular vision quite seriously. On Thursday, the company filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a drone tower that would essentially be a multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles.</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ra/ragckybt26lzkbnq.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ra/ragckybt26lzkbnq.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>United States Patent Office</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jk/jk7svgq2zdm9zl88.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/jk/jk7svgq2zdm9zl88.jpg"></a><figcaption>United States Patent Office</figcaption></figure></figure> http://archinect.com/news/article/150014047/screening-of-100-women-architects-in-the-studio-of-frank-lloyd-wright-on-june-28th Screening of "100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" on June 28th Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T20:03:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T20:06:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f4/f4d42cnebqhvpxey.jpg" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Featuring a talk by&nbsp;Dr. Ann Rubbo on the artist and architect Marion Mahony Griffin, this screening of "A Girl is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright" at the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34491/center-for-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Architecture</a> in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/160/new-york" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a> on June 28th at 6 p.m. investigates Wright's history of working with women, focusing on six ladies who worked with the architect, including&nbsp;Marion Mahony Griffin, Isabel Roberts, Lois&nbsp;Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Pettersen, and Read Weber. Here's a trailer for the film:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150013950/the-many-faces-of-mvrdv-s-shape-shifting-baltyk-tower The many faces of MVRDV's shape-shifting Baltyk Tower Julia Ingalls 2017-06-22T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T15:27:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/te/teup3d781e5dzmnw.jpg" width="650" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Turning iconicity on its head, MVRDV have designed a striking building that purposefully refuses easy categorization. Depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the Baltyk Tower seems to assume different forms, a look that is achieved by a series of scenic terraces and a rippling glass-fronted concrete facade.</p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/55/55jh1g1zwoi744lz.jpg"></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/dy/dypckz30ar8e22t9.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>From one angle, the tower appears to be svelte, a compact wedge on Poznan, Poland's streets. However, from another perspective the tower broadens and becomes a kind of gigantic civic staircase. Regardless of where one views the building, the inventive facade gives the structure a dynamic, shifting quality.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/kw/kw5hfbhu4kb4t5lc.jpg"></a><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/hy/hy7b8bd5fdif01id.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/za/zak8u9z8dshirm6a.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image: MVRDV</figcaption><p><br></p><p>As MVRDV co-founder&nbsp;Nathalie de Vries explains,&nbsp;&ldquo;When we came to Pozna&#324; for the first time, the goal was clear: we were to realize an office building with public functions on the first two layers and at the top. But also that offered a range of amenities for the community and general public. We realised if we could control...</p></figure></figure>