Archinect - News 2014-09-17T15:45:45-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/109036494/baltimore-dc-high-speed-train-secures-5bn-in-funding Baltimore-DC High Speed Train Secures $5bn in Funding Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T18:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T18:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmt99zlj9zlx1gsc.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says in a filing to state regulators that it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing. The commitment is from the Japanese government, which hopes to showcase the technology behind superconducting magnetic levitation or &ldquo;maglev&rdquo; trains to an American audience [&hellip;]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that the maglev train has detractors, many of whom complain at the cost, which is far higher than other high-speed rails like those currently being built in California. For more information on the California project, check out the Atlantic's coverage <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/the-california-high-speed-rail-debate-kicking-things-off/374135/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Joanna Symons of <em>the Telegraph</em>&nbsp;rode around Japan to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/11096405/Japan-50-years-of-the-bullet-train.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commemorate</a> the 50 year anniversary of the bullet train.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it&rsquo;s a poster child for where we shouldn&rsquo;t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.&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/108814986/aa-athens-visiting-school-2014-challenges-the-static-built-environment-with-kinetic-haze AA Athens Visiting School 2014 challenges the static built environment with “Kinetic Haze” Justine Testado 2014-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T21:03:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z00xv4r57x1wvyfu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students and professionals had another opportunity to take part in the third cycle of the AA Athens Visiting School program, "Cipher City: Revolutions". Taking place at the National Technical University of Athens this past spring, participants focused on addressing the roles of change, adaptation and interaction through scripting and digital fabricating techniques at large scale models.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The program set out to challenge the motionless built environment in the collaborative creation of a kinetic pathway prototype called Kinetic Haze. Participants applied the basic design elements from their own proposals in creating the project in less than five days.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the project</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kin6gc043z19pfg4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kq/kqcqyncun09xugxj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hr/hr86w3xicxiagxyz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixvltito0hgm4tlu.jpg"></p><p>Find more project photos and details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/aa_athens_visiting_school_2014_challenges_the_static_built_environment_with/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108654291/editor-s-picks-384 Editor's Picks #384 Nam Henderson 2014-09-11T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T12:37:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iitgpw41zr3uii3c.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;got back in touch with Joseph Kosinski&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/732/kdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">who was first interviewed back in 2004, for Les Jumelles, the </a><a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Ffeatures%2Farticle%2F732%2Fkdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art of Speed</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/732/kdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> film created for Nike as a member of </a><a href="http://www.kdlab.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KDLAB</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108112212/cutting-room-joseph-kosinski-talks-to-archinect-about-his-transition-from-architecture-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This time the conversation focused on his transition from architecture to Hollywood director</a>, with&nbsp;films such as 2010's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001?ref_=nm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a> or the visually stunning <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013?ref_=nm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>.&nbsp;<strong>todd</strong> was impressed "<em>Props to Joseph / &nbsp;KD Lab. &nbsp;WoW</em>".</p><p>Plus, <strong>Screen/Print #24:</strong> published an excerpt of <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space's</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107718872/screen-print-24-architectural-fantasies-from-fairy-tales-when-architecture-tells-a-story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales &mdash; When Architecture Tells A Story&#8203;</a>,&nbsp;a collection of fantastical stories written and designed by architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9czbvabwewd34b3.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dana Goodyear makes connections</a>,&nbsp;between Shigeru Ban&rsquo;s consistent rejection of the label of "<em>green architect</em>" and a question of "<em>greenwashing</em>" vs. "<em>what you might call goodwashing</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;points to "<em>A critical re-appraisal of Ban&rdquo; by Glen Small one &ldquo;of his SCI-Arc professors</em>". &nbsp;Yet, it is the implications regarding how an architect may control their own brand...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108636618/what-s-a-software-company-doing-buying-an-architecture-firm What's A Software Company Doing Buying An Architecture Firm? Archinect 2014-09-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T18:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56db25d07c4c9d1e57ec229759f761e1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Software companies don&rsquo;t usually go around buying architecture and design firms, but The Living isn&rsquo;t your typical beards-and-Blue-Bottle band of architects. The 7-person shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was acquired earlier this year for a small, undisclosed price by design and engineering software maker Autodesk. The reason: The Living&rsquo;s expertise in blending all that&rsquo;s new in materials, 3-D printing and more arcane new fields such as biological manufacturing and algorithmic design.</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/108635809/internet-slowdown-campaign-aims-to-raise-awareness-of-threats-to-net-neutrality 'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality Nicholas Korody 2014-09-10T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T13:17:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osg00etdwj41x2to.jpg" width="250" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The &ldquo;loading&rdquo; icons appearing today on popular websites such as Reddit and Netflix don't really mean those sites are slowing down. Instead, they are there as a symbol... to raise awareness about a [FCC] plan that would effectively end net neutrality, the foundational Internet principle that dictates all traffic must be treated equally by service providers &mdash; whether it's from a blog, a start-up or an established Web giant such as Facebook.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The campaign is called Internet Slowdown. Find out more <a href="https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108560269/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:42:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70717b1227877d8482d4f4c163de7fd0.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A project from three students at Barcelona&rsquo;s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya continues that exploration by looking at how physical spaces could someday morph based on various environmental inputs. The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108557847/the-new-urban-cemetery The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b13a3fcd4fbe37c3d69983460a66194b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</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/108479913/first-sketchup-now-gehry-technologies-trimble-makes-another-big-acquisition First SketchUp, now Gehry Technologies - Trimble makes another big acquisition Paul Petrunia 2014-09-08T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T22:18:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/12wef84w4svw1ot5.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In what is being described as "a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry" software company Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies. The alliance will offer other architects and designers use of the technology to collaborate on projects more efficiently.</p><p>Press release:</p><p><strong>Trimble and Frank Gehry Announce Strategic Alliance to<br>Transform the Way the Construction Industry Works</strong><br><br><strong>SUNNYVALE and LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014</strong>&mdash;Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Frank Gehry announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/266/gehry-technologies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Technologies</a>, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry&rsquo;s visionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for his clients.<br><br>The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108434944/the-end-of-history The End of History? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-08T00:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T10:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyhsi06w9vfgrvjb.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth. That is the presumed cause for the ending of the age of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for small mammals to proliferate, and ultimately modern humans. Today, it is humans who are the asteroid, condemning much of life to extinction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably one of the most prompt and tell it the way it is style of Noam Chomsky, 'where we are going account' of recent history and our as a matter of factly demise depicted. Enjoy your last milleniums.., humans!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108102544/russia-s-shukhov-tower-is-saved-following-a-91-smartphone-vote-in-favor-of-keeping-it Russia's Shukhov Tower is saved following a 91% smartphone vote in favor of keeping it Archinect 2014-09-03T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T10:09:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85bxgiar6ff57n3l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the 92-year-old structure had fallen into disrepair since it stopped transmitting TV signals in 2002. Plans to dismantle and relocate the tower were announced earlier this year, prompting Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and other architects to petition Vladimir Putin to save it. Moscow's city council has now announced that the tower will be preserved at its current site.</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/108097715/are-ethanol-fireplaces-worse-than-wood-burning-ones Are Ethanol Fireplaces Worse than Wood-Burning Ones? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-03T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T19:28:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xb6esfixqd20j51h.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suppliers of ethanol fireplaces are doing a brisk business with the lightweight, easy-to-install ornamental stoves with no chimney. However, caution is warranted when operating these fireplaces, because ethanol is a fuel that, together with the air, forms a highly combustible atmospheric mixture [...] [Moreover], ornamental stoves with ethanol-based firing are a source for pollutants in indoor air that are hazardous to one&rsquo;s health.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The hearth may be the psychological center of the home, but it can also blow it up or make it toxic.</p><p>On the other hand: the researchers also studied traditional, wood-burning stoves in a variety of real-life homes. They found that "emissions enter the air of the room only when the fire wood is replenished and ignited...&nbsp;As long as the stove door and the ash pan are well-sealed, there is no need to fear any compromise to human health."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108098517/dronevertising-makes-real-life-pop-up-ads ‘Dronevertising’ Makes Real Life Pop-Up Ads Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T13:51:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fd15393b6848396857a69d7d6c93001.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was only a matter of time before someone saw the commercial potential of drones. Their compact size and swift mobility makes them ideal vehicles for transporting goods and information around the crowded streets of a city. Amazon has recently been testing the potential for drone deliveries, but Russian creative agency Hungry Boys&rsquo; campaign has brought a new dimension to both advertising and drone use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/108031005/map-plots-the-world-s-internet-devices Map Plots the World's Internet Devices Nicholas Korody 2014-09-02T17:17:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T14:28:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/15/154vxawhcgqw2tsp.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A map showing the location of every single device connected to the Internet. The image was created by John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for connected devices. He pinged every device online, then mapped the location of the ones that responded [...]</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/108025362/national-league-of-cities-creates-advisory-network-to-help-cities-deal-with-sharing-economy-businesses National League of Cities creates advisory network to help cities deal with sharing economy businesses Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T15:58:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T15:58:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ud/udweonry4x4aeemy.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National League of Cities announces the formation of a network composed of business, policy leaders and city officials to identify the regulatory challenges posed by the disruptive technologies that power the sharing economy. The Sharing Economy Advisory Network will create and promote model solutions that can be adopted by communities across the nation ... The Network will also look to identify ways that cities can support and encourage the growth of new businesses in this space.</p></em><br /><br /><p>City governments aren't often so nimble when it comes to adjusting regulations related to the "sharing economy". Without formal industry precedents, it's difficult for cities to know how to integrate these new services into preexisting policies, or whether they should be outlawed entirely. So in an attempt to not simply dismiss these services out of hand, or heedlessly let them run wild, U.S. city leaders are putting together The Sharing Economy Advisory Network.</p><p>The Network aims to identify problems related to the sharing economy, and model solutions to help cities adapt as new services crop up, ideally learning to use these "disruptors" to maximize local growth opportunities. The sooner cities recognize and prepare for the inevitability of more sharing-economy services, the better.&nbsp;Well-known disruptors like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98494414/airbnb-faces-opposition-from-nyc-affordable-housing-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105939750/uberpool-you-can-now-carpool-and-split-fares-with-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a> question not only the legal limits of civic intervention, but clash ideals of public interest vs. private economy. And those disputes are far from over.&nbsp;Some sh...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108017305/sharpen-your-skills-with-archinect-black-spectacles-live-digital-design-workshops-start-on-september-27th Sharpen your skills with Archinect & Black Spectacles. Live digital design workshops start on September 27th. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T00:32:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3e3c7junkpabat1.jpg" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Keeping up with new design and rendering softwares is a never-ending job. Industry standards change, plug-ins multiply, and technology simply improves. And more often than not, the onus of learning these updates falls on the individual architect or designer &mdash; school programming moves at too glacial of a pace, and employers can&rsquo;t lose the time spent teaching.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/c7/c74kf2rcqhhjec5f.jpg"></p><p>To better equip individuals with the tools to educate themselves, Archinect has partnered with <strong><a href="http://blackspectacles.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Black Spectacles</a></strong>, an online library for live, digital design workshops and courses specific to architecture and design. As part of our collaboration, Archinect is offering discounted access to five of Black Spectacles' live workshops, to attend either in-person or online.</p><p><strong><a href="http://blackspectacles.com/blog/level-1-digital-design-workshops#.VAYHeWR4blt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Register for Black Spectacles workshop here.</a> Archinectors can get $100 off a workshop by registering with the code "Archinect100".</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uo/uocapqrm12dlz9wt.jpg"></p><p>Founded in 2010 by architect and educator Marc Teer, Black Spectacles works with architects at top-notch firms to create road-tested worksho...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107912940/apple-campus-2-construction-house-i-something-is-building Apple Campus 2 construction: house i-something is building Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-01T12:30:00-04:00 >2014-09-01T23:34:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zg/zgk5zddos3ybijws.jpg" width="512" height="512" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Small is huge" - Mac mini slogan in early 2009.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's a giant circling pit. How I wish that was a moat filled with crocodile data, making it impossible for software architects to escape the premises and create even more tech for the masses.</p><p>Is the new thing in architecture medievalism?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T14:55:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/ki1tej55t4vjul8o.jpg" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a new helmet that shows, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps and tracks your engagement, and allows you to share your maps with others. These maps provide quantified insight that empower you to maximize your riding experience, and they are a great resource for riding communities and street advocacy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike many other biometric monitoring devices, the MindRider helmet isn't just about recording your physical activities; it's about harvesting data from normal routines to better inform public policy. The MindRider "reads" electrical activity between the brain's neurons, but the technology isn't invasive enough to determine anything beyond where on the route you're concentrating ("Hotspots") or coasting ("Sweetspots"). For an individual rider, boiling down the data into these two categories simplifies the ride experience, but with enough participants, the service can paint the cycling personality of an entire city, and provide a highly personal way to publicly engage with cycling. Maybe it can even make drivers empathize with stressed out cyclists.</p><p>While the actual helmet isn't commercially available quite yet,&nbsp;MindRider recently reached its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1168534473/mindrider-maps-nyc-a-mental-picture-of-bike-riding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;goal&nbsp;to create "The MindRider Guide to New York City", a map and guidebook to the city's mental cycling infrastructure. Whether tha...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107669871/what-people-cured-of-blindness-see What People Cured of Blindness See? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-29T00:35:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:23:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/attbu6at6cga21z5.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The absence of these rules can frustrate the newly sighted, whose visual world can be both blurry and two-dimensional&mdash;paintings and people are often described as &ldquo;flat, with dark patches&rdquo;; a far-away house is &ldquo;nearby, but requiring the taking of a lot of steps&rdquo;; streetlights seen through glass are &ldquo;luminous stains stuck to the window&rdquo;; sunbeams through tree branches collapse into a single &ldquo;tree with all the lights in it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now, go ahead and incorporate some of these images into your architectural visualization...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-28T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:39:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a4/a4g2cod81x1tz6nw.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google's satellite imaging allows us to virtually tour remote or inaccessible locales the world over, and with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently improved resolutions</a> and initiatives from the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/463876/google-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Cultural Institute</a>, our gaze can go farther and more intimately into places we may never physically visit. Google's interest in maintaining this visual resource has implications as far-reaching as its imagery, but it's also a boon for architecture education, where access to imagery and certain spaces can be highly exclusive, and retaining a global (and historical) perspective is exceedingly important.</p><p>To this end, <a href="http://www.finnisharchitecture.fi/2014/08/alvar-aalto-goes-virtual/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Cultural Institute has partnered with the Alvar Aalto Foundation</a> in order to make the famous Finnish architect's spaces (and of course <a href="https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his&nbsp;famous stool</a><a href="http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/a-stool-makes-history/QRQs-mBx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;no. 60</a>) available online in 360-degree panoramas, detailing every surface. The partnership's collection focuses on eight sites, including Aalto's studio, S&auml;yn&auml;tsalo Town Hall, and the&nbsp;House Kantola, as well as an exhibition at the Aalto Museum in...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107636134/making-space-for-more-tech-firms-in-new-york-city Making Space for More Tech Firms in New York City Alexander Walter 2014-08-28T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:47:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a5b9b874b5632edb40a24bc669c068f.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As New York City&rsquo;s burgeoning tech economy continues to grow, startups face the same challenges for office space they would anywhere else&mdash;but have the added challenge of Manhattan-level price tags, vying for space with law firms, banks, and other well-financed tenants. An absolute lack of space is not the issue, however. New York&rsquo;s low 10 percent office vacancy rate may be second only to Washington, D.C.&rsquo;s 9.6 percent, but an enormous amount of inventory is going up [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: Working out of the Box interview with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/92243101/working-out-of-the-box-miguel-mckelvey" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miguel McKelvey</a>, Co-Founder &amp; Chief Creative Officer at WeWork.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107562227/hunts-point-memories-of-the-future Hunts Point | Memories of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:31:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/874e68e79d098211b58bf25adb5bf113.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with fifteen poets and community activists from StartUp Box South Bronx, I recently created Memories of the Future, a location-based cinema project viewed on mobile phones. The group experimented with spoken word poetry, site specific performance, and on-site spectatorship to reframe the predominant view of Hunts Point and speak about possibilities for its future from a position of power.</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/107410034/the-outlaw-instagrammers-of-new-york-city The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/js/js11b4alvgpoc05p.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There has long been a subculture of so-called &ldquo;urban explorers&rdquo; who have made a game of accessing off-limits places. [...] Urban explorers take photos mainly to document that they&rsquo;ve been there, while for Deas the image is the whole point. The outlaw Instagrammers have more in common with graffiti artists, another subculture of underground creatives who make their work in the cracks of the urban landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in Russia: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46831485/skywalking-hacking-architecture-in-russia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skywalking - hacking architecture in Russia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view Solar energy that doesn't block the view Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/830f20a87af8a3f32bf1ef3cc27412cb.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.</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/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man Gentrification of Burning Man Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-21T00:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T17:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khec2bb57cu03lxh.jpg" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,&rdquo; said Brian Doherty, author of the book &ldquo;This Is Burning Man.&rdquo; &ldquo;It does have this feeling that, &lsquo;Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s gentrifying.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&amp;aq=t&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;rls=SUNA,SUNA:2006-47,SUNA:en&amp;q=burning+man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google search</a>&nbsp;but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from <a href="http://elseplace.blogspot.com/2008/08/burning-man-new-religion.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man, a new religion?</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T18:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:17:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzncucigwb0avhjm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.</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/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</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/107016621/rockaway-pipeline-stirs-controversy Rockaway Pipeline Stirs Controversy Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T14:11:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8yw6ph8cfz0eht7.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pipeline called the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is under construction in the Rockaways. It will deliver 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas to New York City each day &mdash; enough to power 2.5 million homes. Activists ... say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States&rsquo; energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Concerned activists and locals may have good reason to be worried. Prior pipeline accidents, such as the 2010 San Bruno explosion, have caused extensive damage and even deaths. The Al Jazeera article notes that "since 1986, there have been about 8,000 significant pipeline incidents in the United States, which have resulted in over 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and billions of dollars in damage." Additionally, <a href="http://co.williams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williams</a>, the company contracted to build the pipeline, is already subject to a federal probe after a string of incidents at other pipelines. Designed to stretch beneath popular beaches, the Rockaway pipeline would be particularly vulnerable, some argue, pointing to the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.</p><p>Incidentally, the pipeline would run beneath Fort Tilden, currently the host of MoMA PS1's "Rockaway!," a public arts exhibition. In an already abandoned structure in the dunes, Patti Smith set up a gilded four-post bed that is exposed to the weather. As the summer st...</p>