Archinect - News 2015-11-26T23:38:30-05:00 Is Waze to blame for heavy traffic on L.A. residential side streets? Justine Testado 2015-11-24T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-24T18:01:53-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Waze sometimes sends drivers through little-used side streets such as Cody Road [in Sherman Oaks, Calif]...Some people try to beat Waze at its own game by sending misinformation about traffic jams and accidents so it will steer commuters elsewhere. Others log in and leave their devices in their cars, hoping Waze will interpret that as a traffic standstill and suggest alternate routes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about Waze on Archinect:</p><p><a title='Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate</a></p><p><a title="Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app</a></p><p><a title="Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arnold Schwarzenegger voices Waze app</a></p><p><a title="Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows</a></p> Think driverless cars will reduce traffic? Not so fast. Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-20T12:52:00-05:00 >2015-11-22T13:31:38-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>between population gains and the popularity of fully self-driving mobility services, we&rsquo;ll see the total number of vehicle miles grow by 1 trillion. (Half of the 1 trillion it attributes to population growth.) For perspective, U.S. residents drove 3.1 trillion miles in 2014. KPMG expects this growth to come from trips taken by the very young and very old, who can be immobile only due to their inability to drive. By having access to a self-driving shuttle, a world of opportunity would open up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>We discuss the implications of autonomous vehicles in the built environment with Geoff Manaugh on our latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">podcast</a> episode, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust"</a>.</p><p>For more on self-driving vehicles:</p><ul><li><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></li><li><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></li><li><a title='The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design</a></li><li><a title="Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included)</a></li><li><a title="Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driven Away: The Role of Urban Planning in a Car-Dependent Society</a></li></ul> "In LiDAR We Trust" – Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-19T17:34:00-05:00 >2015-11-20T15:31:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long-time Archinector and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>-runner Geoff Manaugh joins us on the podcast this week to discuss his piece on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Dream Life of Driverless Cars"</a> for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times Magazine</em>. Referencing work like that of London-based design studio, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ScanLAB Projects</a>, who use LiDAR (light + radar) technology to map how autonomous vehicles see and understand the built environment, Manaugh spoke with us about how these vehicles could potentially change the structures and sensations of our cities &ndash; and all the unknowns that accompany such speculation.</p><p>We also briefly touch on the recent news of<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Philadelphia becoming an UNESCO World Heritage site</a>;&nbsp;the first city in the U.S. to receive such status.&nbsp;This episode is sponsored by BQE's ArchiOffice.</p><p>Listen to episode 43 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "In LiDAR We Trust":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href=";refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to liste...</a></li></ul> A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind." Alexander Walter 2015-11-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-19T13:28:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Musk had warned me that the scale of the place would be overwhelming. "It will blow your mind. You see it in person and then realize, Fuck, this is big." He was right. It was impossible not to feel awestruck by the sprawling, 71-foot-tall structure stretched out, miragelike, before me as I drove into a shallow canyon. [...] When the Gigafactory is finished, it will be only slightly smaller than Boeing&rsquo;s Everett, Washington, plant, which is the world&rsquo;s largest building by volume.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Announces Plans to Build $5 Billion Battery 'Gigafactory'</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> Surviving in style: the world's largest private doomsday shelter has a swimming pool, wine cellar, art vaults Alexander Walter 2015-11-16T13:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T23:13:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is The Oppidum, a massive 323,000 square foot property with plans for a spectacular estate. What lies hidden beneath, carved deep in the mountain is the largest residential doomsday shelter in the world. [...] The planned luxurious underground compound on two levels includes a total space of 77,500 sf with 13 foot high ceilings. The layout features one large 6,750 sf apartment and six 1,720 sf apartments. Construction on the secret facility began in 1984, at the height of the Cold War.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel luxurious): high-end apocalypse shelters</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A top-secret Czech bunker used by the Soviet army opens to the public</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Subculture of Americans prepares for civilization's collapse</a></li></ul> The Struggle for the Centre: One City’s Adventure with Modernity Gary Garvin 2015-11-14T19:48:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:43:47-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="227" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Throughout its history, Kitchener has often imagined big plans for its urban development, but since the 1960s most of these grand plans for downtown Kitchener only ever found form in the Market Square Shopping Centre. Market Square is the most complete and concrete repository of Kitchener&rsquo;s attempts at re-imagining itself in the postwar period.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nathan Storring</a>, a writer, artist, designer, and assistant curator of the Urbanspace Gallery in Toronto, writes a thorough critique of the redevelopment, destruction, and rebirth of the downtown core in Kitchener, Ontario. The issues and concerns, raised in his essay in microcosm, can be applied to urban development around the world the last several decades.</p><p>For example:</p><p><em>The placement of a shopping centre in such a prominent place in the downtown also foreshadowed a broad shift in North American economic thinking &ndash; the transition from a social market to a free market economy.&nbsp;The architectural theorist Sanford Kwinter defines the social market as a society wherein economic activities are embedded in all social activities and directed by cultural organizations that occupy a specific time and place in the world.&nbsp;During the first half of the century, Kitchener followed this economic/cultural model. Its downtown was the region&rsquo;s centre of economic and cultural life, and there the economy ...</em></p> The world in 2065: what do social scientists think the future holds? Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-13T11:36:00-05:00 >2015-11-13T13:28:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There were great ideological battles in the past about work-life balance, but that was before ubiquitous streaming. I think happiness matters more than bitcredit, care dollars and the million other point schemes you could choose. Anyway, while I&rsquo;m on holiday, as long as the geo-climactic conditions and my exertion levels show positive alignment, I get professional development credit and a dopamine rush! Everyone&rsquo;s happy!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sounds all sad.. Oh.., scratch that. Sounds bleak.</p> The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T19:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:40:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s why a team from the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) is turning to the next best option&mdash;using technology to protect cultural heritage. Founded in 2012 by Roger Michel, IDA is a joint effort between Harvard University and Oxford University to create an open-source database of high-resolution images and three-dimensional graphics of things like paper and papyrus documents, epigraphs and small artifacts. Work on what IDA has named the Million Image Database began in early 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The photo shows the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baal Shamin temple</a> prior to its destruction. Volunteers of the&nbsp;Institute for Digital Archaeology were able to digitally archive the 2,000-year-old&nbsp;structure for the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Million Image Database</a> project just in time before <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS fighters seized control</a> of Palmyra's historic site.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS' premiere of "Time Scanners" brings 3D digital preservation technology to a wider audience</a></li></ul> The "algorithmic dreams" of driverless cars, and how they might affect real-world urban design Justine Testado 2015-11-12T15:43:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T17:11:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The sensory limitations of these vehicles must be accounted for, Nourbakhsh explained, especially in an urban world filled with complex architectural forms, reflective surfaces, unpredictable weather and temporary construction sites. This means that cities may have to be redesigned, or may simply mutate over time, to accommodate a car&rsquo;s peculiar way of experiencing the built environment...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"...The flip side of this example is that, in these brief moments of misinterpretation, a different version of the urban world exists...If we can learn from human misperception, perhaps we can also learn something from the delusions and hallucinations of sensing machines. But what?"</em></p><p>As self-driving cars gradually integrate themselves into urban society, Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG spotlights emerging lidar (light + radar) scanning technologies that the cars use to navigate. He weighs the possible advantages and risks that these technologies &mdash; which still have their vulnerabilities &mdash; can pose on the built environment.</p><p>More recent news about driverless cars on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be &quot;Robot Taxi&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi"</a></p><p><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></p><p><a title="Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milton Keynes invests in driverless cars over public transit infrastructure</a></p><p><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></p> Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T22:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-12T12:45:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the near-future, Dubai Civil Defence officers may be zooming in on to the scene of building fires using futuristic personal jetpacks. Designed by New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company, the jet-packs can be operated by a single pilot for 30 minutes at ranges of between 30 and 50 kilometres at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet. The pilot stands on a platform in a 'pilot module' between two propeller engines, which look like large versions of those commonly found on civilian drones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>I'm not sure when or how it happened, but apparently jet packs are a real thing now.&nbsp;On Tuesday, the Dubai Civil Defense service signed a deal with Martin Aircraft for the future delivery of jetpacks, training material, and spare parts. Dubai's towering skyline necessitates a degree of vertical mobility in its emergency respondents. Equipped with jetpacks, firefighters can rapidly rescue people stranded near the top of a building if an emergency renders the elevators inoperable (as they tend to do).&nbsp;<br><br>And then last week, the US Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration let an Australian named David Mayman fly around the Statue of Liberty with a jetpack made by Jetpack Aviation. According to a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>, this satisfied Mayman's dream to become a "real life Ironman" (which is a bit odd, because I'm pretty sure Elon Musk already called dibs on that).<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>In any case, the videos are really fun and the technology is obviously quite interesting, with a lot of possible applications. The articl...</p> Take your sketching to the next level: Morpholio launches Trace Pro app for the iPad Pro & Pencil Archinect 2015-11-11T19:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:59:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="285" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple announced</a> the launch of the supersized iPad Pro tablet and its Pencil companion, the anticipation grew which new apps&mdash;specifically developed for designers and creatives&mdash;could fully make use of the enhanced capacity: a more powerful A9X processor, larger 12.9-inch Retina display and stylus precision encouraged potential new features that neither traditional tablets nor desktop computers had been capable of. "It could offer a lot to designers who still bring out tracing paper before launching inDesign or Rhino," Nicholas Korody <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote</a> on Archinect after the product launch in September.</p><p>One exciting new app that promises to fully bridge that gap between physical and digital sketching via iPad Pro and Pencil was just launched by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a> this week: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trace Pro</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here is some more information we've received from Morpholio:</p><p><strong>Trace Pro Unleashes 5 Super Tools: </strong></p><p><strong>Hyper Zooming with Scale:</strong><br>Zoom from a plan sketch, into a room, into the furniture, and ultimately into the details. Trace...</p> Aleatory Architectures: the bright future of self-assembling granular materials Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T20:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:53:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But some designers are toying with another idea&mdash;that there&rsquo;s a different way to build that exploits randomness rather than avoids it. This kind of building will rely on new kinds of granular materials that when tipped into place, bind together in ways that provide structural stability. [...] Sean Keller at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago explain how this kind of &ldquo;aleatory architecture&rdquo; is finally becoming possible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>That will have a profound effect on the process of design. &ldquo;As a result, preplanning is freed from considering the local structural detail,&rdquo; say Keller and Jaeger. &ldquo;Instead, the main task now becomes generating the proper particle shapes as well as the overall boundary and processing conditions to guarantee that the desired target structure will be mechanically stable when realized.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></p> ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveils a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijn, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> This town's free, public wi-fi is faster than yours Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-06T13:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T21:37:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Virgin Media has joined forces with Chiltern District Council in the U.K. to blanket Chesham&rsquo;s high street with super-fast Wi-Fi. The unlimited service is available to all 21,000 residents and businesses in the town as well as visitors [...] The Smart Pavement enables those in the area to &lsquo;streetsurf&rsquo; with speeds of up to 166Mbps, which is seven times the average U.K. broadband speed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the internet and civic infrastrucutre:</p><ul><li><a title="China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China's New Weapon to Censor the Internet</a></li><li><a title="'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality</a></li><li><a title="Map Plots the World's Internet Devices" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Map Plots the World's Internet Devices</a></li><li><a title="Infrastructural Tourism" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Infrastructural Tourism</a></li></ul> Next Up Mini-Session #6: a panel discussion with Dry Futures jurors Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-04T15:32:00-05:00 >2015-11-04T15:36:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Tomorrow (!!!) we'll premiere season two of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, and in anticipation of the launch, we've been posting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>&nbsp;&ndash; interviews recorded during our&nbsp;first-ever live-podcasting series,&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a>", held at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jai &amp; Jai Gallery</a>&nbsp;in Los Angeles' Chinatown and at the opening weekend of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>.&nbsp;You can listen to past Mini-Sessions&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;We'll also be launching a brand new podcast soon.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p><p>For our last Mini-Session recorded at Jai &amp; Jai, we spoke with a panel of jurors from Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a> competition, featuring: <strong>Charles Anderson</strong> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">werk</a>, <strong>Hadley Arnold</strong> of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arid Lands Institute</a>, <strong>Ian Quate</strong> and <strong>Colleen Tuite</strong> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GRNASFCK</a> (who joined us via Skype), and <strong>Peter Zellner</strong> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zellner Naecker Architects LLP</a>. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winners</a> had been announced just a few days prior.</p><p>Listen to the "Next Up" interview with select&nbsp;<strong>Dry Futures jurors</strong>:</p><ul></ul><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App ...</strong></li></ul> Vote on which 3D concrete puzzles of cities & places to model next Julia Ingalls 2015-11-04T15:12:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T01:32:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>First, there was a competition: specifically, the What-To-Print-In-3D? design contest, in which Planbureau studio won a Makerbot Replicator 2 capable of printing 100 micron resolution samples for the molds of their LOGIPLACES 3D concrete puzzles. So far, they've created 16 to 36 piece puzzles of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Budapest</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Canyon</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zermatt</a> in the Alps.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Now, the firm has taken to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiegogo</a> to start an entire line of printed puzzles to, according to a press release, "create a product that can be completely custom-made to represent any chosen place, one with a great memory, someone&rsquo;s hometown or a company&rsquo;s headquarters and its surroundings." Contributors to the new campaign (which needs to raise $15,000 by mid-December) will be able to cast their vote on which place they'd like to see modeled next.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Tokyo's 2020 Olympics won't have Zaha, but it's looking like there will be "Robot Taxi" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T19:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T21:21:22-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tokyo-based Robot Taxi ... is still on track to start field tests of its driverless taxi service in one region of Japan by the end of next March [...] The company, a joint venture between DeNA (one of Japan&rsquo;s mobile internet pioneers) and ZMP (a robotics firm; tagline &ldquo;Robot of Everything&rdquo;) is not building its own cars from scratch. Instead, it&rsquo;s focusing on adding driverless capabilities to existing cars and designing, creating, and marketing the taxi service.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the lead-up to Toky's 2020 Olympic Games:</p><ul><li><a title="Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid ineligible to participate in Tokyo Stadium design-build competition</a></li><li><a title="Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japanese government hopes to cap Olympic stadium costs at US$1.28 billion</a></li><li><a title="Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha's Tokyo Olympic Stadium cancelled &ndash;&nbsp;Abe calls for a redesign from scratch</a></li></ul> Apple's secret "Indoor Survey" app enables a crowdsourced GPS for interiors Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple&nbsp;has a secret app in the App Store which allows some iPhone users to map the interior of a building using their handset. First discovered yesterday by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, an app called Indoor Survey has been available on the App Store since last week. The software is currently hidden in the App Store and is not operational, suggesting that the official launch is around the corner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The indoor positioning app "Indoor Survey", which allows users to pin their location on a map within a given structure, seems to also function as a mode of "crowdsourced Ground Truth" to improve Apple Maps' accuracy. As the app is still "hidden" and not searchable, the only way to download is through a <a href=";jsonp=vglnk_144648615142010&amp;key=e97682afa628bbf9014f553a2786f73d&amp;libId=igi8gfwp0100z8gu000DA1j9kqrbud7ydh&amp;;v=1&amp;;title=Secret%20Apple%20app%20lets%20you%20map%20out%20building%20interiors%20using%20your%20iPhone&amp;txt=Download%20Indoor%20Survey%20at%20no%20charge%20in%20the%20App%20Store&amp;loAsUuid=igi8gg76-455a9d7c-d4c0-4990-843d-7e6da1a777ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">direct link to the App Store</a>.</p><p>Before the app is made publicly available, there are a few caveats:</p><p>"Some Twitter users claim that you have to be an approved public venue representative to participate in this project, meaning the app may not work with your Apple ID.</p><p>Also keep in mind that Indoor Survey is currently available in select markets, is hidden in the App Store search and appears non-functional".</p> Liam Young's triple feature: review of "City Everywhere" at SCI-Arc Julia Ingalls 2015-10-29T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-11-06T00:04:27-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A presentation about a world that is increasingly mediated by screens and digital conceptualizations of space on three screens with digital conceptualizations&nbsp;of&nbsp;space is not just meta: it was the engaging and immersive format of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liam Young</a>'s lecture/performance Wednesday night at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>, "City Everywhere: Kim Kardashian and the Dark Side of the Screen." Young's fair warning to the packed lecture hall that the live sound mixing of his narration and syncing of three separate video feeds might go awry turned out to be unnecessary; the presentation was flawless while simultaneously visceral, a kind of <em>Purple Rose of Cairo</em> experience for architectural discourse. The pervasive reach of the internet makes us all actors in this particular film.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Young's presentation was a quasi-fictional tour of "a city that is hiding in plain sight," which is to say the current urban and mental space(s) that we inhabit thanks to the reality of digital mediation. The most shocking and resonant example of t...</p> Hippie Modernism: How Bay Area design radicals tried to save the planet Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-29T11:05:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:27:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hippie modernism focused not on rigorous form but rather on a kind of socially inspired bricolage. Hippie modernism has been not only misunderstood but also underestimated. Buckminster Fuller&rsquo;s concept of a &lsquo;design science revolution&rsquo; inspired the hippie bricoleurs to shoulder their generation&rsquo;s emerging notion of environmental stewardship.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Greg Castillo pens a great article about one of the most overlooked and often dismissed role of hippies in what we have today&nbsp;greedily claimed by the millenials and&nbsp;known as &nbsp;"environmental movement."</p><p>&ldquo;Hippie Modernism&rdquo; is published in coordination with the Walker Art Center exhibition,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia</a>,</p> Google, Flux, Healthy Building Network and thinkstep launch Quartz database: a resource for comparing building material sustainability Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T14:32:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:20:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Choosing building materials is a delicate balance of factors &ndash; looks, quality, price, environmental impact and sustainability all contribute to the success and overall value of the product. When data about building materials are illegible or biased, the construction process can become convoluted and compromise the final structure, straining the architect&rsquo;s role in the process.</p><p>Hoping to streamline and vet a resource for the overall health and utility of building materials, Google, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy Building Network</a> (HBN), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flux</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">thinkstep</a> have formed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Quartz database</a>: a place where AEC professionals as well as the general public can review a &ldquo;common dataset&rdquo; of building materials&rsquo; effects on both human and environmental health, ultimately to support a more sustainable built environment.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Born out of the year-old Quartz Project, which was (according to a Quartz press release)&nbsp;formed to &ldquo;promote the transparency of building product information&rdquo;, the Quartz database aims to create a new AEC i...</p> Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads Nicholas Korody 2015-10-26T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T22:13:34-05:00 <img src="" width="495" height="663" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Airbnb put up ads suggesting various ways San Francisco could use the company&rsquo;s tax payments, it was undoubtedly aiming to drum up good will. &ldquo;Dear Parking Enforcement,&rdquo; one of the ads read, &ldquo;Please use the $12 million in hotel taxes to feed all expired parking meters. Love, Airbnb.&rdquo; [...] But instead of good will, the flippant tone of the ads, which went up on billboards and bus stops around the city on Wednesday, unleashed a torrent of sarcasm and anger on social media.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last week, a deluge of anger and annoyance rained down on Airbnb after their new ad campaign popped up around San Francisco. Billboards plastered with phrases suggesting ways various government agencies could better use the roughly $1 million in taxes per month generated by the company were received as "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">snarky</a>," "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">passive-aggressive</a>," and plain-old "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">not cool</a>."&nbsp;</p><p>Bright, pastel-colored billboards were plastered with statements like "Dear Public Library System, We hope you use some of the $12 million in hotel taxes to keep the library open later. Love, Airbnb."<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"Dear SF Tax Collector, You know the $12 million in hotel taxes?" reads another. "Don't spend it all in one place." An adjacent advertisement states, "But... if you do spend all $12 million in one place, we suggest burritos."</p><p>Incidentally, this is a particularly bad time for a PR-mess like this to happen, considering Proposition F, a measure intended to restrict Airbnb-type rentals, will be on ballots this November. Airbnb has spent...</p> The dawn of construction worker robots? Julia Ingalls 2015-10-22T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T15:26:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zurich-based architects and roboticists have created the In-situ Fabricator, an autonomous construction robot capable of laying bricks into pre-programmed structures. Designers at the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication laboratory believe a future generation of the robot could be used widely on building sites.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Mathias Kohler&nbsp;of ETH Zurich, "The benefit from an architectural point of view is that you can really design the construction directly, so you can plan for how it is built instead of designing your plan and then that plan afterwards being converted on the construction site. So it actually changes the paradigm of how you design and build quite fundamentally."&nbsp;</p><p>Want to know what else robots are getting up to? Well, you're in luck:</p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The real-life architecture of "Ex Machina"</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flying Robots Monitoring Failing Infrastructure</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> 3 Critical Focus Areas for Start-Up Architectural Firms Sponsor 2015-10-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T17:18:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Are you an architect who always had that special entrepreneurial drive? Were you mentored by another successful architect or by a friend or family member who was successful in their own business endeavor and aspired to be like them? Perhaps you were forced to open your own firm by necessity after getting downsized by a previous employer during the recent recession?</p><p>No matter what your background is, you as an entrepreneur and owner of a small firm comprise a strong portion of the architecture industry. According to Kermit Baker, chief economist at The American Institute of Architects, 63 percent of all AIA member-owned architecture firms have five or fewer employees.</p><p>Good news, smaller firms have reported a growing share of professional billing. Baker reported that for firms with five or fewer employees, the overall share of professional billing increased from 8 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2013. On the other end of the spectrum, firm...</p> Japanese architecture and engineering firms going all-in on Apple iOS Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-20T16:40:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:19:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The corporate shift toward iPads has occurred rapidly over the past year, thanks in part to Apple's high profile global partnership with IBM. Major design firms that already use Graphisoft ArchiCAD have also been quick to adopt iPads to make use of BIMx Docs, a mobile companion app. Apple has specifically profiled Daiwa House Industry, Japan's largest homebuilder, as a major enterprise iPad adopter, detailing how the company uses iPads and custom iOS apps for everything...</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from Apple:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's next, HOK-designed Silicon Valley spaceship revealed</a></li><li><a title="Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals</a></li><li><a title="Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li><li><a title="Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations)</a></li></ul> Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: the Myth-Making of New-Territories / M4 Nicholas Korody 2015-10-19T21:11:00-04:00 >2015-11-21T22:25:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="265" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite its economy of presentation&nbsp;&ndash; just text and video, nothing flashy or interactive &ndash; the installation #mythomaniaS at the Chicago Architecture Biennial offers a density of thought at once alluring and abstruse. In this, it well conveys the concerns and formal strategies of its slippery authors, the Bangkok-based French-born collective currently known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New-Territories</a>, but also M4 (MindMachineMakingMyths), formerly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">R&amp;Sie</a>&nbsp;(a near homophone of heresy in French), and occasionally Fran&ccedil;ois Roche and Camille Lacad&eacute;e.&nbsp;</p><p>A set of monitors plays several of their mesmerizing and visually-lush videos that were made in collaboration with some of the most influential artists of the day, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pierre Huyghe</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carsten Holler</a>. Filmed across the world, from Bangkok and its environs to the snow-covered Swiss Alps, they should be read as &ldquo;architectural scenarios,&rdquo; something like provocations or insinuations of possible ways of relating to a context. &ldquo;Environments and paranoia as symptoms o...</p> SimCity and beyond: the history of city-building games Alexander Walter 2015-10-16T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities are everywhere. Billions of us live in them, and many of us think we could do a better job than the planners. But for the past 26 years dating back to the original SimCity, we've mostly been proving that idea false. [...] And now, here, I'm going to take you on a whirlwind tour through the history of the city-building genre&mdash;from its antecedents to the hot new thing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The issue of homelessness in SimCity</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else)</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three guiding principles for a fine fake metropolis</a></li></ul> MIT's new "Kinetic Blocks" enhances ability to build using Microsoft Kinect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-15T14:21:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kinetic Blocks works by feeding spatial information read by a Microsoft Kinect into the display, allowing it to respond to physical objects. However, where the inFORM could already manipulate objects in real time, the new project is faster and finely tuned to detect, orient, and stack blocks to make and even disassemble structures. The display can also be programmed to build structures stored in memory, or interact with special kinematic blocks that allow the pins to interact with other objects</p></em><br /><br /><p>Watch the video below to see the Kinetic Blocks in action:</p><p></p><p>More news from MIT:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><p><a title="MIT develops self-assembling modular robots" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT develops self-assembling modular robots</a></p></li></ul> NASA launches competition for structures built in situ using Martian resources Nicholas Korody 2015-10-14T16:45:00-04:00 >2015-10-15T13:05:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="236" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Living off the land is different when the land is 140 million miles away, so NASA is looking for innovative ideas to use in situ (in place) Martian resources to help establish a human presence on the Red Planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>After NASA announced strong evidence of the presence of liquid water on Mars, efforts to bring Earthlings to the red planet seems to be picking up steam. Elon Musk is talking about <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0CB4QFjAAahUKEwjYhJLc2MLIAhUBooAKHYl2Ce0&amp;;usg=AFQjCNGFy-x_Svv3J3ATG8KGlVCtTTHoLQ&amp;sig2=1QvOiyySIU_Tuih-c96DZw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nuking its poles</a> and design competitions, like the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3-D Printed Habitat Challenge</a>, are increasingly looking at extraterrestrial design, garnering responses by such luminary architectural forces as &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>.<br><br>Now, NASA has launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competition</a> calling for innovative Martian structures to be built in situ with locally-available resources.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Mars is 141 million miles away, which means even an extra carry-on will cost you. So any type trip to the planet will greatly benefit from using local materials to set up camp. NASA estimates that for every kilogram of native materials used, you save 11 kg of propellant and spacecraft mass needed for launching to Low Earth Orbit.</p><p>According to the competition website: "One could use surface-based materials such as regolith or basalt to produce structural elements tha...</p> Powering your (SOM-designed) house with your car (and reverse) Nicholas Korody 2015-10-14T14:55:00-04:00 >2015-10-14T14:55:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A research team from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Department of Energy has created a new model for how we can connect the way we power our homes and vehicles. Dubbed AMIE... the platform features special technology that allows a bi-directional flow of energy between a dwelling and a vehicle. In other words, the house can fuel the car and the car can fuel the house. What's more, ORNL used 3D printing technology to build the dwelling and the vehicle...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>AMIE, or Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy, is a hybrid of different futuristic technologies, mashed together into a single platform. First, both the house and the vehicle were 3D printed.<br><br>The former, a single-room structure, was designed in collaboration with Skidmore, Owings and Merril and features vacuum insulated panels, a micro-kitchen, and a rooftop photovoltaic system.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The car, despite looking a bit like something from Mad Max, can be modified with new, 3D printed parts. It includes an electric hybrid power-train that uses natural gas to supplement the energy provided by the house.<br><br>Right now, it's a heavy vehicle, but researchers are working to make it lighter, as well as experimenting with external combustion engines, bio-fuel powered internal combustion engines, hydrogen fuel cells, and flow batteries.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>The real jaw-dropping element of the prototype is that it allows a bi-directional flow of energy: from the car to the house, and vice versa.<br><br>Today, many electric cars can b...</p>