Archinect - News 2015-05-26T01:48:41-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T14:20:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwdjcb88zztv0jx4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The downside of giant banks of windows or glass walls, though, becomes obvious when the&nbsp;relentless afternoon sun makes the heat and stuffiness inside intolerable [...]. The makers of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; say they can address this problem.&nbsp;Smart-glass windows transform from transparent to opaque, and every shade in between, in seconds. They often rely on electrochromic thin films embedded in the glass. The upshot: Less energy is needed to heat or cool a building. Shades and blinds become optional.</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/127354099/baidu-is-building-self-driving-smartbikes Baidu is building self-driving "smartbikes" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-15T16:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T12:21:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adk89l2iiuo61ava.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After a flurry of speculation, the&nbsp;Chinese tech&nbsp;giant [Baidu]&nbsp;has confirmed it's&nbsp;gunning for driverless electronic bikes. Baidu is China's largest web services company&mdash;in the region, it commands upwards of 73 percent of the search market&mdash;and it has apparently pursued a "secret plan"&nbsp;to debut a prototype of a self-driving electric bicycle&nbsp;by the end of the year.&nbsp; Baidu calls it, simply. the&nbsp;'smartbike.'</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/127241362/how-frank-gehry-helped-create-the-era-of-technological-construction How Frank Gehry helped create the era of "technological construction" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-13T16:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kr6v7szpeti61d79.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1990s, Frank Gehry pioneered... &ldquo;smart&rdquo; digital design in architecture, by using software to optimize designs and translate them directly into a process of fabrication and construction. Now known in the industry as parametric design and building information modeling, this approach has ushered in a new era of architecture, according to art historian Irene Nero: the era of &ldquo;technological construction&rdquo; [...] How did an architect who doesn&rsquo;t use computers start a technology company?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an article for <a href="http://priceonomics.com/the-software-behind-frank-gehrys-geometrically/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Priceonomics</a>, Lian Chang looks at the role Frank Gehry and his team had on the development of parametric design, aka building information modeling. Beginning with Gehry's fish-inspired&nbsp;pavilion for Barcelona&rsquo;s 1992 Olympics, Chang traces the various construction impasses and subsequent revelations that have helped establish Gehry Technologies as a significant player in the realization of many major architecture projects today (and not just the one's bearing his famous signature).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6umsm09noqmbuo0.jpg"></p><p>After a contractor failed numerous times to translate Gehry's vision for the Barcelona pavilion, the resident "office hippy,"&nbsp;Jim Glymph, turned to&nbsp;CATIA, a C++ software package originally developed for the aerospace industry. Using parametric B&eacute;zier curves (or vectors) and 3D surface algorithms, Gehry's team was able to realize the project, and on budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Chang continues her history looking at the initial controversies surrounding Gehry's plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the impo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127185825/a-competition-entry-for-evolo-2015-that-doesn-t-include-a-skyscraper A competition entry for Evolo 2015 that doesn't include a skyscraper studiostag 2015-05-13T00:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T21:52:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/10oiag8e24r40gqf.jpg" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have new technologies in architecture those makes us feel excited when we see them applied on a facade, a roof etc. or simply used for designing. That gives us ideas about what we can design with which technologies. And we honestly believe that designing a building with high ecologic qualities is the only responsibility we have. In most of the cases that's correct. But do you really not responsible what happens while that building is being constructed.</p><p>In a construction site thousands of vehicles brings you materials. Those lorries, trucks etc. are not eco-friendly at all! You construct support structures only to construct the main thing and you say you can recycle those. Recycling is a good deed but the process itself has lots of disadvantages like unsafe and unhygienic recycling sites, and the recycled materials starts to have a shorter lifespan. And do you have any excuse of having people work on dangerous construction sites, especially when you construct a skyscraper! Even tho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T14:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:47:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tn1ne5lr7m1h6x5f.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Recently, the Indian cabinet green-lit a &pound;10 billion scheme that will be divided equally between building 100 smart cities, and rejuvenating another 500 cities and towns over the next five years. Yet many experts and planners fear that such &ldquo;insta-cities&rdquo;, if they are made, will prove dystopic and inequitable. Some even hint that smart cities may turn into social apartheid cities, governed by powerful corporate entities that could override local laws and governments to &ldquo;keep out&rdquo; the poor.</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/127129057/open-data-s-potential-challenges-to-boost-tenants-rights-activism Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</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/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T15:29:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqa3ecm9br5n17ls.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>KONE has initiated the first stage of elevator and escalator installations at Saudi Arabia&rsquo;s 1km-tall Kingdom Tower. The Finnish lift firm is currently fitting elevator guiderails at the project, which is being developed by Jeddah Economic Company (JEC) and is set to become the world&rsquo;s tallest building on completion.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126901864/challenging-the-space-age-manifest-destiny-narrative-as-elon-musk-vies-to-move-humans-to-mars Challenging the space-age Manifest Destiny narrative, as Elon Musk vies to move humans to Mars Justine Testado 2015-05-08T12:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-08T19:50:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7m/7mzqw4s1enrx45ay.jpg" width="514" height="424" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a myth almost universally believed, that sits at the core of liberal technocratic thought, and has been embedded in practically every other work of speculative fiction for the last half century. You can sum it up like this: 'When we go into space, we will all magically become nice.'...It&rsquo;s early days, but if we really want to create a progressive new world then issues like these should be at the hearts of our efforts from the very start.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The longtime space-age Manifest Destiny of humans inhabiting Mars and <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/urban-scientist/2015/03/26/when-discussing-humanitys-next-move-to-space-the-language-we-use-matters/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the prominently white, European male perspective that narrative perpetually emphasizes</a> has become a bubbling multi-faceted discussion among science bloggers as Elon Musk's staunch ambitions to ultimately turn humans into a <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2015/04/16/elon_musk_and_mars_spacex_ceo_and_our_multi_planet_species.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"multiplanet species"</a> continue to develop. Stemming from that discussion, writer Martin Robbins of The Guardian contemplates whether or not humanity's eventual future on Mars can exist without the earthly issues of sexism and racism.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791849/musk-will-build-spacex-launchpad-in-texas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Musk will build SpaceX launchpad in Texas</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126537113/the-proliferation-of-the-western-quest-for-exotic-adventures-has-led-to-a-new-form-of-educational-colonialism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The proliferation of the Western quest for exotic adventures has led to a new form of educational colonialism'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/8311143/plan-of-the-city-skyscrapers-on-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plan Of The City - Skyscrapers on Mars</a>&nbsp;</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126885501/the-evolution-of-street-photography-in-the-instagram-age The evolution of street photography in the Instagram age Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:05:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6h/6hmpff7kupvpo3ws.jpg" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instagram may very well have enabled a whole generation of false artisans&mdash;and even encouraged clich&eacute; street imagery by promoting hashtags like #middleoftheroad and #strideby through its Weekend Hashtag Project&mdash;but the effect may not be so terrible. Quoted in The Telegraph in 2011, Teru Kuwayama, a photojournalist who is now photo community manager at Facebook, compared the rise of Instagram to the advent of electronic music, both of which stimulated &ldquo;amateur expression.&rdquo;</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/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots New Googleplex will be built by robots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-05-06T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T16:44:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fk/fkaf8zdf3xv949g4.jpg" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mock-ups of the so-called &lsquo;crabots&rsquo; are featured in lengthy planning documents submitted to the City of Mountain View Council in Silicon Valley [...] &lsquo;Our objective is to create a solution that can be assembled efficiently and economically within pre-erected canopy structures by means of small, easily manoeuvrable cranes.&rsquo; &lsquo;Through the life of the buildings this [will] allow reconfiguration and maintenance&hellip;of the canopy envelope from within.&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new Googleplex campus expansion, designed by BIG and Heatherwick Studios in collaboration to accommodate 20,000 new Mountain View employees, will be constructed by "an army of robot-crane hybrids", the&nbsp;<em>Architect's Journal</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/8682076.article?WT.tsrc=email&amp;WT.mc_id=Newsletter2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>. Citing planning documents Google submitted to Mountain View Council earlier this week,&nbsp;<em>AJ</em>&nbsp;reports that these "crabots" would be "a mash-up of flexible crane and robotic machine".</p><p>The construction method fits squarely with Google's aim to keep their campus flexible and reconfigurable after it's built. As Nicholas Korody explained in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">our coverage introducing BIG and Heatherwick's design</a>:&nbsp;"Eschewing immoveable concrete edifices, the campus would consist of a series of light-weight structures that can be moved around to accommodate new projects and product development as they unfold." Theoretically, these "crabots"&nbsp;could be the same employed to reconfigure the interior spaces as needed. Not sure whether they'd count among the 20,000, though.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing? Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T08:53:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/od/odha88iu5relmwro.jpg" width="514" height="459" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Can a high-profile company led by a celebrity CEO come within two weeks of bankruptcy without anyone noticing? In early 2013, ...Tesla Motors came so close to running out of cash that its brash leader, Elon Musk, approached Google about buying the company, according to a new Musk biography. A surge in sales of the company&rsquo;s pricey Model S sedan staved off disaster. Musk broke off the Google talks, no longer needing a white knight. And no one outside the two companies knew about 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/126784195/company-creates-a-carbon-negative-plastic Company creates a carbon-negative plastic Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T08:54:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1ey098jzqq8y4vcz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Mark Herrema] and Kenton Kimmel, a high school classmate, founded the Irvine, California-based company Newlight Technologies in 2003. After years of research, the team unveiled a way to produce plastic from carbon emissions that is actually more affordably priced than oil-based plastics. The "secret sauce" is a biocatalyst that combines air and methane, and reassembles all of the carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules into a thermoplastic the makers call AirCarbon.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Newlight's work appears really interesting, addressing two separate but related issues: "first, oil dependency, by replacing oil with captured carbon emissions, and second, climate change, by creating a market-driven carbon capture platform." Basically, the technology comprises using a biocatalyst to combine oxygen with carbon and hydrogen molecules extracted from methane, producing a "long-chain thermoplastic polymer molecule, called AirCarbon." Like other "carbon-negative" technologies, this project involves actually removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, rather than merely attempting to reduce emission levels.</p><p>Smithsonian Magazine interviews the team behind AirCarbon. Some good snippets:</p><ul><li>"...In the past, all biocatalysts were self-limiting, meaning that they could only make a certain amount of polymer before they would turn themselves off and make carbon dioxide instead of polymer...Over the course of about ten years of work, we developed a new kind of biocatalyst that does...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126484701/further-strides-made-in-nobel-winning-research-on-the-neuroscience-of-navigation Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-30T14:57:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:14:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84c1562ca9519dff55e65f04fc43f04c.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Place cells, which fire when the brain recognizes a corresponding geographical landmark (like your house, or the Space Needle) [offer] a two-dimensional map of familiar environments [...] Grid cells ... are not tied to particular places &mdash; but are adjusted as needed to mark off the space around us [...] Now, researchers from University College London have shown how grid cells help us combine mental maps, joining rooms into a house, blocks into a neighborhood and neighborhoods into a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some background on the Nobel Prize-winning medical research can be found here:&nbsp;<a title="Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded to Three Who Discovered Brain&rsquo;s &lsquo;Inner GPS&rsquo;" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110716179/nobel-prize-in-medicine-is-awarded-to-three-who-discovered-brain-s-inner-gps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded to Three Who Discovered Brain&rsquo;s &lsquo;Inner GPS&rsquo;</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/126482891/chinese-prefab-company-builds-a-57-story-skyscraper-in-just-19-days Chinese prefab company builds a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days Alexander Walter 2015-04-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-05-01T10:56:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eaa09922d998cce10a6dbeee98327bb8.jpg" width="300" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world&rsquo;s fastest builder after erecting a 57-storey skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. Broad Sustainable Building, a prefab construction firm, put up the rectangular, glass and steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha, assembling three floors a day using a modular method [...]. The company now has ambitions to assemble the world&rsquo;s tallest skyscraper, at 220 floors, in only three months.</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/126435207/future-cities-of-the-past Future cities of the past Alexander Walter 2015-04-29T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:17:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/58/58f7a7cadfe54f27fa968e49e9d2a21a.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But supplementing that aesthetic of &ldquo;the future&rdquo; sketched in imaginary edifice, the full SF vision of the future city is a mosaic, constructed from fragments of the cities that we recognize, including symbols that are decidedly from the past. [...] If SF functions by taking the world we know and altering it with a constructed future fantasy, the Statue of Liberty serves as the junction point, the axis where the speculative fantasy begins and ends.</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/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cf5514582f69a4b70cef5ff6eea99d4.jpg" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</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/126374667/identity-parade-the-usa-pavilion-and-its-neighbors-at-expo-milano-2015 Identity Parade: The USA Pavilion and its Neighbors at Expo Milano 2015 Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T18:13:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/92edb5e6eaef5c6dbe79cc94a953b06d.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>James Biber can see Russia from his roof. Mr. Biber, the architect of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the world&rsquo;s fair that is racing to meet its opening date on Friday, also has a good view of Kuwait next door and Iran across the street. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really a kind of identity parade,&rdquo; Mr. Biber, 62, said about the jumble. [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s every nation attempting to express itself in a building. It is the very best and very worst of design you&rsquo;re going to see in its concentrated form.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121454319/thinc-design-s-usa-pavilion-exhibition-presents-america-s-role-in-the-future-of-food-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thinc Design's USA Pavilion exhibition presents America's role in the future of food for Milan Expo 2015</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105497307/a-preview-of-biber-architects-usa-pavilion-design-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A preview of Biber Architects&rsquo; USA Pavilion design for Milan Expo 201</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126364209/designers-imagine-a-world-of-self-driving-mobile-offices Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices Nicholas Korody 2015-04-28T15:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T20:44:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9j9ge8nk3usq3f5g.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Self-driving cars will certainly change&nbsp;our habits on the road. But truly autonomous vehicles will also affect how we work, says Tim Brown, chief executive officer and president of design consultancy IDEO...Without having to navigate city streets, people will be more productive during their commute. IDEO also envisions self-driving trucks...delivering everything from new jeans to grilled cheese. Most radical of all: Your workplace could be set on wheels to travel to you, rather than you to it. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/125922478/architecture-of-paranoia Architecture of paranoia Alexander Walter 2015-04-22T21:19:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/ai5moqa35g4qurbd.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since terrorism has become one of the guiding forces in urban design, the incorporation of immense fortifications into everyday streets has spawned an entire industry of defensive architecture [...] The latest developments in this rising tide of urban paranoia are on display this week at the Counter Terror Expo in west London&rsquo;s Olympia, a sprawling trade show that proudly claims to showcase &ldquo;the key terror threat areas under one roof&rdquo;. It is an enormous supermarket of neuroses [...].</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/125532138/los-angeles-envisions-the-first-decentralized-world-s-fair-yes-including-hyperloop Los Angeles envisions the first "decentralized" World's Fair (yes, including Hyperloop) Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:51:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T12:55:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiwto8d5u6oy3axz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A group of venture capitalists, architects, engineers, and marketing gurus, under the name Los Angeles World's Fair (LAWF), are brewing plans for a two-year fair showing off the technology and culture of the future&mdash;including a Hyperloop, &ldquo;3D-printed gourmet delicacies,&rdquo; and self-driving cars. Theme: "The Connected City." Right now, they're trying to pull together $100,000 on Indiegogo to support economic and architectural feasibility studies for their plans [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Visit (and support if you're so inclined) the initiative's Indiegogo campaign <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/los-angeles-world-s-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125530526/copenhagen-could-ax-its-pioneering-city-bike-program-by-month-s-end Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9o/9olcrzjddqgd342w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, Copenhagen&mdash;a city of ebullient cyclists&mdash;launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets&mdash;expensive, but designed for a place&nbsp;whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its&nbsp;first shared bikes in 1995&nbsp;is facing a stark&nbsp;possibility: no bike share scheme at all.</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/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-17T13:17:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:45:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s2/s2b7mi94zs2cb50k.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Researchers at Tsinghua University] discovered that an applied electrical current causes the gallium alloy to drastically alter its shape. Changing the voltage applied to the metal allowed it to 'shape-shift' into different formations. When the current was switched off, the metal returned to its original drop shape. [...] they realized that bringing it into contact with a flake of aluminum caused a reaction creating hydrogen bubbles that allowed it to move of its own accord.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The metal alloy in question is made mostly of&nbsp;gallium, which is liquid at &lt;30 degrees Celsius. Researchers think that the material could have profound implications for medical science, in particular the delivery of drugs into the blood stream. Professor Liu Jing, leader of the research team at Tsinghua University, believes the discovery could lead to a "robot for the veins".</p><p>See the material in action below:&nbsp;</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125437188/amanda-baillieu-weighs-in-on-architect-free-open-source-architecture Amanda Baillieu weighs in on "Architect-free" Open Source Architecture Alexander Walter 2015-04-16T14:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-17T10:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1l178x5zaebk9gg.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are told that the &ldquo;architecture of tomorrow&rdquo; needs to be networked, collaborative and inclusive, drawing its inspiration from crowdsourcing, open access and mass customisation. But to do this &ldquo;architecture must be put into the hands of people themselves&rdquo; and the architect possibly &ldquo;guillotined&rdquo;. [...] This is inflammatory stuff [...].</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/125432358/umsoa-to-propel-neighborhood-revitalization-with-650-000-from-knight-foundation UMSoA to Propel Neighborhood Revitalization with $650,000 from Knight Foundation Joachim Perez 2015-04-16T12:56:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T20:31:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbi0q80b6gm66wwv.jpg" width="255" height="254" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The School of Architecture has a long history of helping to reshape and revitalize the South Florida community,&rdquo; said Rodolphe el-Khoury, dean of the University of Miami School of Architecture. &ldquo;We are pleased that Knight Foundation has chosen to support this unique project that will have a lasting impact on communities in need of assistance.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.miami.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Miami</a>&nbsp;School of Architecture today announced a plan to bring &ldquo;third places&rdquo; &ndash; community spaces, marketplaces, incubators and training centers &ndash; into two underserved Miami neighborhoods with $650,000 from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.knightfoundation.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">John S. and James L. Knight Foundation</a>.</p><p>The Third Place Project will create spaces that provide resources and support to entrepreneurs, creatives and civic leaders in these neighborhoods, as a way to foster their ideas and break down barriers. It will also help transform these neighborhoods and create opportunities for local businesses, by establishing inexpensive spaces for startups and hubs for arts, culture and entertainment. The grant will support&nbsp;<a href="http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;A major challenge in the Miami metro area is the disconnect between extraordinarily wealthy neighborhoods and boom areas and long-struggling urban neighborhoods such as Allapatah, Little Haiti and Opa-locka,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://arc.miami.edu/people/faculty/charles-c-bohl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charles Bohl</a>, associate professor an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125364007/ode-to-the-stack-los-angeles-s-iconic-infrastructure Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-15T15:40:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:46:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/89j3t1cpw0gnddtp.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Four Level, or Stack as it&rsquo;s sometimes known, was the first interchange of its kind when it fully opened in 1953. [...] It may seem a cliche to simply associate LA with its freeways, but the connection between the infrastructure and the city&rsquo;s image is strong. It&rsquo;s not just about driving, it&rsquo;s about a new form of urban living in the postwar era [...] &ldquo;LA kind of emerged at the forefront of that development and it became recognised as a freeway metropolis&rdquo;</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/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-15T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:45:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bcdwuzo19lysj7ap.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Perhaps the most important and widely-used building material, concrete also has an enormous environmental impact. This is largely because in order to produce one ton of cement &ndash; the material that binds together rock aggregate in concrete &ndash; about 900 kg of C02 are emitted. In fact, the concrete industry is responsible for roughly 5% of carbon emissions worldwide, making it one of the two largest industrial producers of the greenhouse gas.&nbsp;</p><p>But, thanks to an accidental discovery, a environmentally-friendly substitute to cement may be on the horizon. A recent <a href="http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/cement-alternative-absorbs-carbon-dioxide-like-sponge/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> by PBS features the invention of environmental chemist David Stone: a cement-like material that isn't just carbon-neutral but actually carbon-<em>negative</em>. Called 'Ferrock,' the material primarily contains iron dust and silica, both of which can be sourced via recycling. In fact, in order to obtain silica (basically crushed glass), Stone has employed a local man to collect glass bottles that have been left in the desert. While m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/125209648/china-s-new-weapon-to-censor-the-internet China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet Nicholas Korody 2015-04-13T15:53:00-04:00 >2015-04-20T19:01:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/un/unugtzfymaekgwjc.jpg" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[The Great Cannon] allows China to intercept foreign web traffic as it flows to Chinese websites, inject malicious code and repurpose the traffic as Beijing sees fit. The system was used, they said, to intercept web and advertising traffic intended for Baidu &mdash; China&rsquo;s biggest search engine company &mdash; and fire it at GitHub, a popular site for programmers, and GreatFire.org, a nonprofit that runs mirror images of sites that are blocked inside China.</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/124450844/does-your-administrative-staff-spend-too-much-time-correcting-errors Does Your Administrative Staff Spend Too Much Time Correcting Errors? Sponsor 2015-04-09T12:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:27:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69m7uwpesi3dh41d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Learn how this small architectural firm increased efficiency and improved cash flow</strong></p><p>William Duff Architects is passionate about serving clients through the creation of innovative, sustainable architecture delivered through exceptional project management. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation for excellence in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial Case Study projects. A firm of professional designers, they approach their work with intellectual curiosity, embrace collaboration, and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals.</p><p><strong>CHALLENGES</strong></p><p><strong>Assessing Project Status</strong><br>Project managers were unable to get an up-to-date view on project&rsquo;s status and cost. It became too much of a hassle to search for relevant project information using their old system. By the time they reviewed it, the information was already outdated, which caused project managers to ineffectively manage resource and staff availability. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124832287/the-1-5b-30m-telescope-tmt-will-be-the-biggest-ever The $1.5B 30m telescope (TMT) will be the biggest ever Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:37:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e274c9879b6ac9ed2b8363abf5f7f94e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...after a year-long delay, Canada has committed $243.5 million to build a giant telescope observatory in Hawaii. The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, will cost an estimated $1.5 billion USD to build...When completed, the TMT will be one of the largest telescopes in existence...Its 30 meter-wide mirror lens...will allow scientists to search the skies for planets outside of our own solar system, as well as other phenomena like supermassive black holes.</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/124816981/could-scientists-engineer-synthetic-organisms-to-stop-climate-change Could scientists engineer synthetic organisms to stop climate change? Nicholas Korody 2015-04-08T14:12:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c69151b1b9262c3fc825b720f16e952.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and politicians the world over are looking for ways to halt or reverse [climate changes], a task that is fraught with difficulties in a world hooked on fossil fuels. One option increasingly discussed is terraforming&mdash;deliberately altering the environment in a way that cools the planet... Instead of creating global engineering projects, why not create life forms that do a similar job instead...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ricard Sole and his associates at the ICREA-Complex Systems Lab in Barcelona are experimenting with the potentials of using synthetic organisms to terraform the planet. One advantage to such a project &ndash; as opposed to other terraforming ideas that would require engineering feats of unprecedented scale &ndash; is that the landscape could be changed with minimal human input, using "the growth and colonizing potential that life offers."</p><p>Of course, as the article notes, the potential problems are also massive, like, for example, unintentionally triggering feedback mechanisms that accelerate global warming, or devastate global food supplies. Looking back at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">other historical attempts to engineer biology</a>&nbsp;to suit human interests, this seems a more likely outcome than not. But Sole and his team are trying to develop preventative measures against such runaway growth. And as the article notes, one day this may be an urgent necessity: "if and when that day comes, let&rsquo;s hope we&rsquo;ll be glad of the researc...</p>