Archinect - News 2014-11-21T22:03:48-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114178291/smart-cities-called-smart-but-condemned-to-being-stupid Smart Cities - called "smart" but condemned to being stupid Nam Henderson 2014-11-21T12:25:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T15:28:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1x/1xxxq4igps49b8rs.jpg" width="514" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in September Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. During the talk he asked what really makes a city "<em>smart</em>", and argued that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t <a href="https://twitter.com/bruces/status/535731506103463936" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Bruce Sterling</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114126142/tracking-economic-conditions-with-satellite-imagery-and-shadows Tracking economic conditions with satellite imagery and shadows Archinect 2014-11-20T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:39:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/789648f9a507cb229e9feb24fe7993c3.jpg" width="514" height="218" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proving that some market somewhere will find a value for anything, a company called Orbital Insight is now tracking "the shadows cast by half-finished Chinese buildings" as a possible indicator for where the country's economy might be headed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114119713/11-futuristic-ways-to-improve-our-cities-from-robotic-rats-to-talking-trash-cans 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T15:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T15:51:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6771e79d4f1ae48503319eedc35c63.jpg" width="514" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114041818/3d-soundscape-can-guide-blind-people-through-cities “3D Soundscape” Can Guide Blind People Through Cities Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T15:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T15:23:17-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/8567791cf6ea8c90ac21e9605a4815de.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter Cities Unlocked, a project intended to help people with sight loss navigate cities. The brainchild of a blind Microsoft employee, it uses GPS, a 3D audio headset, and Bluetooth beacons, among other technologies. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a blind person, I need to keep my ears open,&rdquo; she says. The headset uses bone-conducting technology, in which vibrations create a &ldquo;3D soundscape&rdquo; around the user.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113959916/how-better-glass-can-save-hundreds-of-millions-of-birds-a-year How Better Glass Can Save Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2abb40a46c3b3a49752e9378aabbde3.jpg" width="160" height="120" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In fact, as many as 600 million birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada every year, scientists estimate. [...] A growing awareness of the threats to bird populations has prompted new laws and voluntary guidelines in cities from Toronto to San Francisco. Along with "green" building programs, these new rules are spurring demand for bird-friendly glass among architects, glass manufacturers, and their clients.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113925415/postpolitical-infrastructures Postpolitical Infrastructures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-18T10:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:58:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/avtllgyopwl8t19o.jpg" width="514" height="791" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architect today is no &lsquo;fountainhead.&rsquo; It is rather sad to watch today&rsquo;s &lsquo;starchitects&rsquo;, designing their weird-looking signature buildings. These seem now always to be either museums or condos for billionaires. The brand-name architect just build useless luxury housing for the 1% and their trinkets. The actual design of the world is now in the hands of other people.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a title="Posts by McKenzie Wark" href="http://www.publicseminar.org/author/kenwark/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McKenzie Wark</a>&nbsp;pens a rather a wake up call of a book review on Easterling's new book&nbsp;<em>Extrastatecraft: The Power of Infrastructure Space </em>in which<em>&nbsp;</em>Easterling offers a set of subsidiary metaphors for contemporary infrastructure design: multipliers, switches, and topologies.</p><p><em>"The multipliers include: cars, elevators, mobile phones. The first, the car, was the multiplier that made possible one of the precursor forms of the greenfields city, the greenfields suburb. But &ldquo;Levittown was simple software.&rdquo; (74) Its repeated unit-forms were few. Sadly, it may be the case that the United States never quite acquired the higher-order practices of building forms at the next scale. Hence the endless attempts to solve spatial problems with yet more versions of the Levittown software.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lu2cdyux014yons4.jpg"></p><p><em>The switch is something like an interchange highway. The switch is a macro-order feature compared to the multiplier, shaping where the multipliers can circulate. Topology might designate the art of patterning switches and ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894090/solar-paneled-roads-open-in-the-netherlands Solar-Paneled Roads Open in the Netherlands Nicholas Korody 2014-11-17T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/591546a7e65346582bc04341b3468091.jpg" width="360" height="240" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To capture more energy from the sun, one company is putting solar panels where they've never gone before: in the street. This week, the Dutch company SolaRoad officially opened the world's first solar roadway in a suburb outside of Amsterdam. The 230-foot (70 meters) stretch of energy-absorbing concrete and glass will be used as a bicycle path for commuters, according to the company.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113497437/the-courtyard-house-plug-in-a-house-within-the-house The Courtyard House Plug-In: A House Within The House Alexander Walter 2014-11-12T13:48:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:02:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e260424e59eb42fb7087eb599542dbfa.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Courtyard House Plug-in is a modular home that was created by People&rsquo;s Architecture Office to respond to the need of Beijing&rsquo;s historic neighborhoods for modern facilities. [...] This sort of living solution comes in handy when renovating old protected buildings and presents an alternative to tearing them down. &ldquo;Houses tend to degrade when they&rsquo;re vacant and unkempt,&rdquo; says Shen, so plug-ins may help keep places like Hutongs alive despite their beat up look.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113354403/new-map-tool-reveals-nyc-s-vacant-lots-zoned-for-revitalization New map tool reveals NYC's vacant lots zoned for revitalization Diane Pham 2014-11-11T11:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T11:46:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jb/jbfppfc6r9rdlib0.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed with the help of a team of volunteer researchers, urban planners and designers, this new online tool allows anyone to view the staggering amount of publicly-owned lots that once had an urban renewal plan in the pipeline but were scrapped due to bureaucracy. By mapping out all of the vacant spaces across the city, 596 hopes that we as a community can take a top-down approach to turning these urban blights into public gardens, play lots, and spaces where people can &ldquo;co-create.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>From 1949-1974 NYC took on an urban renewal project that resulted in the bulldozing of "slums" across Manhattan. The vast majority of the proposals planned for the land floundered and today nearly 15,000 lots across the city lay vacant. 596 Acres, a grassroots land access nonprofit, had developed a map tool called Urban Reviewer that pinpoints all of these spots&mdash;most owned by the public&mdash;already zoned for action.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343110/the-brain-on-architecture The Brain on Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:09:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01050572aa867aebe87f506e5cc74624.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through &ldquo;architectural aesthetics&rdquo; are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that &ldquo;architectural design matters.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112961869/is-the-architectural-profession-still-relevant Is the Architectural Profession Still Relevant? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-11-05T15:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T22:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frvgmebsy2q5geae.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of my heroes for this kind of thinking is Denise Scott-Brown. Her application of historical, ethnographic and sociological thinking to urban design and architecture is still incredibly radical, but has been completely overwhelmed by Venturi&rsquo;s obsession with signs and language.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Automated&nbsp;<a href="http://failedarchitecture.com/2013/03/game-over-for-architects/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">design processes</a>, critique on the profession&rsquo;s culture, DIY-design and wider trends put pressure on the social and public relevance of the architect. On the other hand, architects are crossing boundaries, taking up new roles and experimenting with other approaches, while other professionals reinforce the importance of architecture. Melbourne-based architect, researcher and broadcaster&nbsp;<a title="Rory Hyde Projects" href="http://www.roryhyde.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rory Hyde</a>&nbsp;explored these developments in his book &ldquo;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0415533546/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0415533546&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=citybrea-20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Practice</a>&ldquo;, by interviewing a wide range of people that observe and practice new strategies for making cities work. We talked to him about these individuals, the architectural profession and other forces that shape our surroundings. Will architecture dissolve into other professions or will it be able to recalibrate itself?"</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112802717/geology-and-the-art-of-new-york-city-subway-construction Geology and the Art of New York City Subway Construction Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:27:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:40:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8e2e88c2d34fe6ab0bbd8e8b6a6c7e9.jpg" width="514" height="122" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Second Avenue Subway is the stuff of legend in New York City, the locomotive who cried wolf. Plagued by funding shortages, the project has been stop-and-go since the 1920s. Now construction is back to go; in late September, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) [...] requested $1.5 billion [...]. Michael Horodniceanu, head of construction for the MTA, has stated that the long-awaited line may be ready by 2029. In the meantime, the MTA is learning about, and acting on, geology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104400610/nyc-can-t-afford-to-build-the-second-avenue-subway-and-it-can-t-afford-not-to" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112801104/robot-ray-parks-your-car-at-the-airport Robot Ray Parks Your Car At The Airport Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:43:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you in a hurry to catch your flight and still need to find a parking place? Meet Ray, a shiny robot that parks your car at D&uuml;sseldorf Airport in Germany. Ray makes sure you don&rsquo;t have to park miles away from the terminal, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking place. Just drop off your car within a few meters from the check-in area [...]. When you come back from a holiday or business trip, the robot will make sure your car is ready to go when you walk out of the airport.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112581318/touchscreen-landscapes Touchscreen Landscapes Alexander Walter 2014-10-31T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f42b55f37f05521961ad76ed92619ab0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data&mdash;in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites&mdash;and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms.</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/112513103/editor-s-picks-391 Editor's Picks #391 Nam Henderson 2014-10-30T23:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:04:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eh/eh8jkpazna3vslj6.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In <strong>Screen/Print #26:</strong>&nbsp;an interview with&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jessica Walsh, currently half of design firm</a><a href="http://www.sagmeisterwalsh.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Sagmeister &amp; Walsh</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">,</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;was excerpted</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111514086/screen-print-26-intern-magazine-interview-with-jessica-walsh-of-sagmeister-walsh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">from the 2nd issue of&nbsp;</a><a href="http://intern-mag.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Intern Magazine</a>&nbsp;(devoted to "intern culture" in the creative industries).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fm/fmqe7c6as953giff.jpg"></p><p><strong>&nbsp;Darkman</strong>&nbsp;was confused "<em>Strange choice to interview the most hated designer in the world for Intern magazine...She almost brags about not paying interns...Reads like PR I've already read</em>". Similarly&nbsp;<strong>Mr_Wiggin</strong>&nbsp;wrote "s<em>eems, to me, diametric to the message Intern Magazine should be publishing</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6w/6w5gc751ddct0zi4.jpg"><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111720239/working-out-of-the-box-daniel-dorall-architect-turned-maze-artist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Malaysia-born Melbourne-based sculptor </a><a href="http://www.danieldorall.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Dorall</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111720239/working-out-of-the-box-daniel-dorall-architect-turned-maze-artist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> spoke with Archinect</a> for the latest installment of <strong>Working out of the Box</strong>. He finished up his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne in 2005, as he explains that now</p><p>"<em>In a nutshell, I make miniature objects out of cardboard &ndash; it usually takes the form of the maze...creating walk through maze-installations</em>". <strong>midlander</strong> felt the work was "<em>Fantastic! Witty and meticulous</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/Ynotworkshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anthony Morey</a>&nbsp;attended Acadia Conference of 20...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112498637/generative-design-and-the-future-of-architecture-workshopping-with-zaha-hadid-code Generative Design and the Future of Architecture: Workshopping with Zaha Hadid: Code Archinect 2014-10-30T15:41:00-04:00 >2014-11-02T16:55:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fq23ankqjc5cnd3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid: Code is the programming arm of the renowned Zaha Hadid Architecture, a firm known for it's sleek, futuristic designs. During the ACADIA workshop, the designers chose to focus on the task of developing unique, computationally derived models to 3D print within the tight three day timeframe of the workshop. For architecture firms like Zaha Hadid, these workshops serve as playgrounds and testbeds for technologies.</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/112257551/numbers-don-t-cast-shadows-reporting-from-acadia-conference-day-2 Numbers don't cast shadows: Reporting from ACADIA Conference, Day 2 Anthony Morey 2014-10-27T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:17:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a19x3lpp9zv9ex4a.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Day two of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/426122/acadia-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA 2014</a>, which took place last Friday at the California Science Center across from USC's campus, brought a radical shift of focus and direction from day one. Materiality and Fabrication were on the forefront of thought and discussion. Ranging from robots making robots, or large robots that then became buildings, to computation executing technical drawings; everything in the built world was up for grabs.&nbsp;</p><p>A jump into our real world gave us a challenge, a glimpse of these introverted ideas and what they could culminate in. The goal was to discover, if even only slightly, how these tools in architecture could push the methods of production, reinvent them or combine them to find failures, successes or any combination thereof. Testing the limits of the digital with the reality of the analog world we inhabit.</p><p>All projects at some point returned to analog, all projects ripped themselves from their infinite processes and were born into mass and matter. Points from day one becam...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112254318/predicting-the-jobs-of-the-future Predicting the jobs of the future Archinect 2014-10-27T11:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T20:01:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3fdf8929304ecef785623ff61946c02e.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As technology evolves, what today seems science fiction may become the job market of tomorrow. Experts predict that 60% of employments in the next 10 years haven&rsquo;t even been invented yet.</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/112142042/wtf-human-marionettes-draw-structures WTF, Human Marionettes Draw Structures Orhan Ayyüce 2014-10-26T12:11:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T12:11:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mt/mta1gpt1k22eq1rr.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>thanks lot my dear friend Very nice amazing beautiful day wonderful day to you dear friend God bless you too much kind regards Best wishes Ahmed &#65279;-a youtube quote on the video</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably you have seen it already last August. For those who have seen it I recommend Giraffe f**k on the same youtube page. "How this video and rest of the videos on that page are related?., is my open question to you.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112028878/actionable-cartographies Actionable Cartographies Alexander Walter 2014-10-24T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:12:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Matt Knutzen performs a different kind of public service than Bruce Barrett of the School Construction Authority or Jeffrey Roth of the Fire Department of New York, two recent installments in our Profiles in Public Service series. He works at the New York Public Library, overseeing NYPL&rsquo;s incomparable collection of maps, and looking for ways to turn items from the library&rsquo;s vast catalogue into &ldquo;actionable spatial data.&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/111972700/how-has-the-world-changed-since-you-were-born How has the world changed since you were born? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.jpg" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...</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/111897927/tour-los-angeles-history-with-ucla-s-new-interactive-urban-trail-app Tour Los Angeles history with UCLA's new interactive urban trail app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-23T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:05:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1h/1hthdmjfuzz785nh.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public parks do much more than provide places to play, relax or exercise &nbsp;&ndash; they can also preserve portions of the natural landscapes, and remind us of our city&rsquo;s history. In Los Angeles&rsquo; urban core, where public parks are few and much of the landscape has already been paved in concrete, combining peace and preservation becomes more difficult. But embracing infrastructure can lead to novel and engaging park systems, as seen in projects like the High Line, and now, in <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22272" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles' State Historic Park (LASHP)</a>.</p><p>Situated in a former rail-switching yard in LA's Chinatown, LASHP sits at the base of Elysian Park&rsquo;s hills, stretching between an active light-rail line and the Los Angeles River. While still under construction, the park is already the focal point of an urban trail project, LASHP Trails, initially drafted by local high school students and developed by UCLA&rsquo;s <a href="http://remap.ucla.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP)</a>. Originating in and around the park, the trails lead walk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111951739/hummingbird-drones-and-other-bio-inspired-robotics Hummingbird Drones and other Bio-inspired Robotics Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:06:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o4/o4ugzwign72o6ykt.jpg" width="514" height="462" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Birds have remarkable flight capabilities...They make it look effortless, but engineering a drone to do the same is anything but. It&rsquo;s a major engineering feat to harness the evolutionary talents of a bird and translate them into a robot that can deliver packages to your doorstep. By understanding how birds have mastered the ability to swoop and dive, [Stanford professor David] Lentink and his team [of mechanical engineers] hope to inform microdrone design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar to biomimicry (and its correspondent field of architectural thinking), <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bio-inspired_robotics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-inspired design</a> takes it cues from biological systems, although it entails simplification, enhancement and non-mimetic adaptation of observed phenomena rather than replication. Bio-inspired robotics, specifically, is a rather new field, although its origins can be traced back to the earliest engineering projects. For example, Leonardo Da Vinci famously studied birds, in particular kites, when he drew out plans for wings that could enable human flight.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xoj9trami6zq1qf5.jpg"></p><p>The US military is a major player in the field of bio-inspired robotics. In 2011, the&nbsp;<a title="DARPA" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency</a>&nbsp;(DARPA) released images of its own hummingbird-inspired drones, pictured above. Manufactured by AeroVironment <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AeroVironment_Nano_Hummingbird" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Nano Air Vehicle&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;is capable of flying along three axes of motion as well as hovering in mid-air. Equipped with a small camera, the&nbsp;19&nbsp;gram drone is small enough to surveil without attracting much attention.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0o/0ozuwct4o3mozaqj.jpg"></p><p>DARPA stud...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111876186/what-makes-a-building-sacred What makes a building sacred? Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:08:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f283e8b12d8ffc800f56189e3ec91aab.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects &ndash; such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect Feature: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111411192/around-the-world-in-80-minutes-is-a-future-of-high-speed-air-travel-coming-soon Around the world in 80 minutes: Is a future of high-speed air travel coming soon? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-16T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nstt8bmcbwu6pq6g.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The reasons for designing and flying vehicles that are capable of global reach in the time taken to read the morning newspaper are technically attractive and militarily obvious. The economic and social justifications are perhaps less easily pinned down, but are nonetheless compelling. What will be the impact of treating Sydney as a commuter suburb for Beijing, or of being able to visit Antipodean gran for Sunday roast &ndash; with a serious prospect of being home in time for dinner and telly?</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/111324270/the-creative-city-challenge-asks-minnesota-designers-to-create-an-installation-as-social-space The Creative City Challenge asks Minnesota designers to create an installation as social space b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-15T11:21:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T11:22:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/um/umsya5ki2sdfqnu3.jpg" width="514" height="165" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza an artwork, which is an innovative use of the space and acts as a sociable and participatory platform for scheduled and impromptu onsite programs throughout the summer.</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/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110890667/editor-s-picks-388 Editor's Picks #388 Nam Henderson 2014-10-10T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T13:13:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr5e5c8nitt3jh00.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;continued her <strong>Material Witness</strong>. In <strong>#5</strong> she analyzed "<em>Wings of Desire</em>", "<em>Billy Elliot</em>"&nbsp;and "<em>In the Mood for Love</em>", for lessons about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/110346994/material-witness-5-cultural-gerrymandering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultural Gerrymandering</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>is appreciative "<em>See Julia Ingalis quote above...there is more beer in the fridge...Enjoying this Feature!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo4q2etlseoz50z3.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;launched a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">column</a> which "<em>will serve to highlight architectures in the Anthropocene that choose the latter. Moreover, it will explore ways in which the Anthropocene thesis changes notions of architecture</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agence France-Presse spoke with Masato Abe</a>, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/alex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Walter</a>&nbsp;pointed out "<em>You can even spend a night in a capsule thanks to Airbnb....</em><em><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1305889" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1860409" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></em>".</p><p><a href="http://ziauddinsardar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ziauddin Sardar</a> bemoaned <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Destruction of Mecca</a>.&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> confirmed "<em>I visited the kingdom in 2000, and spent time in Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca. &nbsp;Yes, they are being robbed of their history, and they are doing it to themselves. ..erasing so much of the local vernacular</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1jflur4k6cp2z72.jpg"></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/tylerhopf/status/517342193086775296" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tyler...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</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/110818290/san-francisco-legalizes-regulates-airbnb-with-lots-of-amendments San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb (With Lots of Amendments) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb3bd778eee3d77534f9c9e06cf1fdc8.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city&rsquo;s board of supervisors voted to legalize and regulate short-term stays through a controversial piece of legislation that has been two years in the making [...] The key changes include a limit on non-hosted rentals for up to 90 days per year. [...] [The hosts will] also have to pay the city&rsquo;s hotel taxes. They &mdash; not Airbnb &mdash; are responsible for certifying that they&rsquo;re only hosting 90 days a year and for keeping records that prove this.</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>