Archinect - News 2016-12-08T09:12:38-05:00 RIBA announces 2016 President's Awards for Research winners Justine Testado 2016-12-06T18:34:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T12:31:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects announced today four winners of the 2016 President's Awards for Research, which recognizes top-quality architectural research from academics and practitioners...This year's competition received 75 applications from 14 countries on five continents, making it the most competitive to date...</p></em><br /><br /><p>The winning research projects this year are:</p><p><strong>History and Theory:&nbsp;</strong>Dr Edward Denison, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK; Medhanie Teklemariam and Dawit Abraha, Asmara Heritage&nbsp;Project, Eritrea<br><strong>Project:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;Asmara &ndash; Africa&rsquo;s Modernist City: UNESCO World Heritage Nomination&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Cities and Community:&nbsp;</strong>Dr Irit Katz, University of Cambridge, UK<br><strong>Project:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;The Common Camp: Temporary Settlements as a Spatio-political Instrument in Israel-Palestine&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Design and Technical:</strong>&nbsp;Dr Michael Ramage and Dr Rob Foster, University of Cambridge, UK;&nbsp;Simon Smith, Smith and Wallwork, UK;&nbsp;Kevin Flanagan and Ron Bakker, PLP Architecture, UK&nbsp;<br><strong>Project:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;Supertall Timber: Design Research for the Next Generation of Natural Structure&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Learning from Projects:</strong>&nbsp;David Roberts, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK<br><strong>Project:&nbsp;</strong>&ldquo;Make Public: Performing Public Housing in Ern&ouml; Goldfinger&rsquo;s Balfron Tower&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more.</p>... Amazon's newest venture promises to shake up retail design—and eliminate the need for cashiers altogether Nicholas Korody 2016-12-06T12:42:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T12:49:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;No lines. No checkouts. No registers. Welcome to Amazon Go.&rdquo; The newest &ldquo;disruption&rdquo; offered by Silicon Valley promises to radically shake up retail design in the name, per usual, of increased efficiency. Located in Seattle, the Amazon Go store is a market without cashiers. Instead, shoppers simply download an app that gives them access to the store. As they pick up items, their virtual shopping cart is automatically adjusted. When they leave the store, a bill is sent to their Amazon account. Amazon Go uses computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning&mdash;a technology bundle Amazon has dubbed &lsquo;Just Walk Out&rsquo;&mdash;to track the shopping experience.</p><p>Of course, this newest innovation could radically change the way we design retail environments. It also means Amazon will know even more about our shopping preferences and be able to tailor advertisements ever more precisely. Perhaps most importantly, Amazon Go threatens to eliminate the need for cashiers. Currently, 3.4 million Americans work ...</p> Craig Dykers on Snøhetta's innovation lessons Alexander Walter 2016-12-05T17:31:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T17:32:33-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been privileged to interview Craig Dykers, founding partner in the extraordinary global architecture firm Sn&oslash;hetta, on several occasions and walked away each time incredibly inspired by the breadth and depth of their creativity and innovation approaches. [...] Analyzing their innovation process can yield important lessons for companies. Here are some highlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Forbes</em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">list</a> of&nbsp;Sn&oslash;hetta innovation lessons and glimpses into the firm's intercontinental problem-solving process includes flat hierarchies, embrace of contrasts across a variety of sectors, an internal podcast, and celebration of good news, among many others.</p><p>Other Sn&oslash;hetta&nbsp;stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sn&oslash;hetta's expanded SFMOMA is 235,000 square feet of egalitarianism</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up of Sn&oslash;hetta's SFMOMA addition</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mountaineers: Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar of Sn&oslash;hetta on One-to-One #27</a></li></ul> São Paulo named Grand Prize Winner in 2016 Mayors Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-12-01T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:23:34-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As part of this year&rsquo;s Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, the Brazilian megacity drafted a proposal for a digital interchange platform designed to connect vendors with restaurants, markets, and other retailers in an effort to make it easier for them to sell their wares. On Wednesday, S&atilde;o Paulo&rsquo;s proposal was named the winner of the third ever Mayors Challenge, which gives it a $5 million cash prize to implement the idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Four other cities will also receive $1 million each to implement their respective proposals. The winners include two Colombian cities, Medell&iacute;n and Bogot&aacute;, as well as Santiago, Chile, and Guadalajara, Mexico."</em></p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to learn more about&nbsp;the winning proposal "S&atilde;o Paulo: Growing Farmers&rsquo; Income, Shrinking Urban Sprawl."</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barcelona wins Grand Prize in Bloomberg Philanthropies&rsquo; Mayors Challenge for Europe</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">S&atilde;o Paulo's big bet on housing policy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Odd beauty: downtown S&atilde;o Paulo through the lens of Felipe Russo</a></li></ul> Hawaii's Thirty Meter Telescope could be moved to the Canary Islands Justine Testado 2016-12-01T12:40:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:41:29-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Thirty Meter Telescope&rsquo;s International Observatory Board decided late last month that if they cannot move forward with building the telescope in Hawaii, they will instead choose La Palma, one of Spain&rsquo;s Canary Islands...The nonprofit group that&rsquo;s building the Thirty Meter Telescope began scoping out other sites for the $1.4 billion telescope this fall&mdash;including mountains in Chile, India, China, and Mexico...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previous news about the TMT:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The $1.5B 30m telescope (TMT) will be the biggest ever</a></p> Santa Monica's 'impossibly green' building dreams: the challenging path to Living Building certification Alexander Walter 2016-11-30T14:57:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T17:31:24-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="371" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a small and skinny lot wedged behind its historic city hall, Santa Monica is trying to accomplish something that has never been done before in California. By 2020, the city hopes to construct a 50,000-square-foot city services building that will meet the requirements of the International Living Future Institute&rsquo;s &ldquo;Living Building Challenge&rdquo; &mdash; the most stringent environmental building standard in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Should the city succeed it will prove that net-zero water is possible in our arid climate, even in a drought &mdash;&nbsp;and that if we&rsquo;re serious about staving off the effects of drought and climate change, we should settle for no less. It will also familiarize code officials with new innovations, making it easier for developers to build sustainably."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Dean Poh says reduction in energy savings is not enough: "I am for net zero."</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle&rsquo;s Super-Green Bullitt Center Opened on Earth Day</a></li></ul> Students explore structural concrete strategies in “Weave.X”, from AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE Justine Testado 2016-11-29T13:52:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T12:22:36-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Twenty-one participants from 11 countries got to hone their skills in computational design and research during the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Summer DLAB: ORANGE</a> workshop at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA</a>'s London campus this past July. Building upon the last two <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Summer DLAB</a> cycles, students worked side by side in researching and developing innovative architectural strategies&nbsp;to construct 3-D interwoven concrete structures. With guidance from AA Summer DLAB tutors and collaborators, students also&nbsp;applied techniques related to&nbsp;geometry rationalization, material behavior, and robotic&nbsp;fabrication.</p><p>The three-week program culminated with the creation of a full-scale, working&nbsp;prototype installation called &ldquo;Weave.X&rdquo;, which now stands on display in the midst of&nbsp;Hooke Park.</p><p>Keep reading for more about the fabrication process behind Weave.X.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&ldquo;Initial computational form-finding techniques explore the generation of a network of interwoven elements via a bundling algorithm developed in Grasshopper. The algorithm enables the user to locally different...</p> Check out this stunning 108 feet long video wall by Obscura Digital Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:55:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T20:56:25-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The San Francisco-based company Salesforce enlisted the creative studio Obscura Digital to craft a stunning LED video wall for the lobby of their flagship office. Stretching 108 feet long and containing over 7 million pixels, the video wall features incredibly sharp, HD video content that transforms the space. It&rsquo;s the longest continuous 4mm LED screen in the United States.</p><p>&ldquo;From capturing California&rsquo;s Redwood National Forest in stunning 12K resolution, to a designing a convincing CG waterwall and more &ndash; we held nothing back in striving to impart a sense of wonder to everyone that enters the building," state Obscura Digita.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Watch a video of the wall in action here:</p><p></p><p>More infusions of the digital into architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi's GamerLab&trade; Wants to Revolutionize Architecture Education Through Gaming</a></li><li><a href="http://Architects:%20If%20You%20Don't%20Start%20Disrupting%20Urbanism,%20Silicon%20Valley%20Will%20Do%20It%20for%20You." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects: If You Don't Start Disrupting Urbanism, Silicon Valley Will Do It for You.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol ...</a></li></ul> SHoP-designed Brooklyn tower – now world's tallest modular building – opens its doors Alexander Walter 2016-11-22T14:32:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T18:48:54-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After four years of delayed construction, financial missteps, and lawsuits, Forest City Ratner and Greenland U.S.A. are finally welcoming tenants into 461 Dean Street, currently the tallest high-rise&nbsp;in the world constructed with&nbsp;modular units. The 32-story tower on the edge of Prospect Heights and Park Slope offers sweeping views of brownstone Brooklyn, but its lengthy construction saga highlights the issues developers face when they&nbsp;build with modular construction in New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The groundbreaking (but not trouble-free) development previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Work finally resumes at Brooklyn's modular prefab tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Continued Delays For Housing at Atlantic Yards</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lego High-Rise: World's Tallest Modular Apartment Tower Getting Snapped Together In Brooklyn</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Modular construction is gaining popularity across New York City</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlantic Yards Will Be Getting 32-Story, SHoP-designed Modular Tower After All</a></li></ul> Three pyramids in one: Mayan Kukulkan pyramid is an architectural "Russian nesting doll" Julia Ingalls 2016-11-17T13:08:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:52:27-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Once, twice, three times a pyramid: thanks to non-invasive scanning, archaeologists have determined that "El Castilo," also known as the Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza, has two other pyramids inside of it. As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a> explains:</p><p>"A 10-metre-tall pyramid was found within another 20-metre structure, which itself is enveloped by the 30-metre exterior visible at the Maya archeological complex known as Chichen Itza in Yucat&aacute;n state.&nbsp;The smallest pyramid was built between the years 550 and 800, engineers and anthropologists said. The middle structure had already been discovered in the 1930s and dates back to the years 800-1000, while the largest one was finished between 1050 and 1300."</p><p>Pyramids in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Jerusalem gets a Libeskind-designed Pyramid Tower</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG News: Planning Commission Approves Durst&rsquo;s 57th Street Pyramid Apartments</a></li></ul> The Vanna Venturi house becomes an official historic place Julia Ingalls 2016-11-15T15:27:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:18:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After being proposed for addition to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last year, the iconic Vanna Venturi House has officially joined the list after being voted in by the Philadelphia Historical Commission on November 10th. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PlanPhilly</a>:</p><p>"After a nomination&nbsp;first heard last December, Vanna Venturi House was added to the register with universal glee, although the case dragged on for about thirty minutes as the new owner&mdash;who had purchased it to preserve it&mdash;quizzed the commission on exactly what they meant by the word 'property' and whether modifications to the grounds would be allowed."</p><p>For more on all things Venturi:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vanna Venturi House's new owner plans to preserve property</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Vanna Venturi house is for sale</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown wins AIA Gold Medal</a></li></ul> Google moves ahead with plans for a massive new London HQ Nicholas Korody 2016-11-15T14:21:00-05:00 >2016-11-15T14:53:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>More than three years ago, Google announced plans to build a massive &ldquo;landscraper&rdquo; headquarters in London. But after switching architects from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AHMM</a>&mdash;whose plans were deemed &ldquo;too boring"&mdash;to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thomas Heatherwick</a>, and following the chaos of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit</a>, the plans were up in the air. Now, <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Guardian</a></em> reports that Google&rsquo;s chief executive Sundar Pichai has announced that plans were going ahead.</p><p>The headquarters will be built in London&rsquo;s King&rsquo;s Cross, in between King&rsquo;s Cross station and St. Pancras. Like with the plans for Google&rsquo;s new Silicon Valley headquarters, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group</a> will collaborate with Heatherwick Studio on the design.</p><p>"From the beginning, the project to give Google a new home in King's Cross has been extraordinary. Rather than impose a universal style on Google&rsquo;s buildings in the UK and the USA, we have tried to create an interestingness that fits the scale and the community of King&rsquo;s Cross,&rdquo; BIG and Heatherwick Studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">state</a> in a joint press statement. &ldquo;The Silicon Valley star...</p> Take a stroll inside Herzog & de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, courtesy of Google Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-15T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:02:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nearly ten years of being put through the ringer</a> of recession and recovery, Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie&nbsp;is finally complete, and slated for its grand opening in January 2017.</p><p>But before the public gets to bask in&nbsp;Yashuhisa Toyota's acoustic design, anyone can peek inside the concert hall for a look. Thanks to Google Arts and Culture, part of the Google Cultural Institute's attempt to record the world's collections and cultural institutions for sharing online, you can take <a href=";sv_lat=53.54137132218951&amp;sv_h=222.96747409686537&amp;sv_p=21.524929239871653&amp;sv_z=1.0000000000000002&amp;sv_pid=aPhScs4OnuUAAAQvvo7Yfg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">your own personal tour of the venue</a>. Play conductor or snag that perfect seat; check out the coat check, or take in the view of the neighboring HafenCity waterfront area. The resolution is high enough to get a good read on those pocketed interior walls.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Check out Google's view of the Elbphilharmonie&nbsp;Hamburg&nbsp;<a href=";sv_lat=53.54137132218951&amp;sv_h=222.96747409686537&amp;sv_p=21.524929239871653&amp;sv_z=1.0000000000000002&amp;sv_pid=aPhScs4OnuUAAAQvvo7Yfg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> One-to-One #46 with David Delgado and Daniel Goods, visual strategists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-14T19:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-22T22:09:18-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Through their work as visual strategists for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, David Delgado and Daniel Goods inspire scientists and make science inspiring. Under 'The Studio' at JPL, David and Dan help engineers and scientists sort through their own design problems using creative methodologies, while also framing JPL's research for a general audience&mdash;making things like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">travel posters for exoplanets</a>&nbsp;and a giant listening station for orbiting satellites.</p><p>David and Dan sat down with me to discuss their role in the JPL ecosystem, and the invaluable role their architect and designer-collaborators play in imagining the future. David starts off the conversation by describing their 'Metamorphosis' project: visualizing the surface of a comet through sculpture,&nbsp;for the Rosetta Mission.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#46 with <strong>JPL visual strategists David Delgado and Daniel Goods</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow A...</a></li></ul> Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business? Sponsor 2016-11-14T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T18:34:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In my experience, most firm owners don&rsquo;t appreciate the significance of being at the helm of a business. At the risk of sounding clich&eacute;, they run a &ldquo;practice&rdquo; and they operate it as if they&rsquo;re just&hellip; well&hellip; practicing. This problem is evident in each firm&rsquo;s mission statement. Of the many I&rsquo;ve read, only a handful acknowledge the firm&rsquo;s ultimate goal is to sustain itself and be a profitable, successful business. <strong>This is a primary reason why architects are notoriously under-compensated.</strong></p><p>Mostly, firms use the mission statement as an opportunity to echo what every architecture school pounded into our brains: something touching upon the noble pursuit of our profession, improving the built environment, serving our clients and helping the planet. Neither our employees nor our clients can differentiate one firm from another. Imagine showing up at a conference and everyone is handed a name tag that reads &ldquo;Joe.&rdquo; Not much sense in that. Why bother w...</p> Disruption: Y Combinator's urban techno-suprematism and the new Trump presidential era, ft. special guest Fred Scharmen on Archinect Sessions #88 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-10T15:47:00-05:00 >2016-11-21T15:31:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Recorded in the wake of Tuesday's election results, this episode got a bit emotional. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fred Scharmen</a>&mdash;designer, researcher, and assistant professor at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning</a>&nbsp;in Baltimore&mdash;joins us to discuss&nbsp;the potentials and pitfalls of a technocratic urbanism, and whether the former king of cat memes can really offer anything to cities. Our conversation is largely in response to Fred's recent piece for Archinect,&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects: If You Don't Start Disrupting Urbanism, Silicon Valley Will Do It for You.</a>", with reflections on how technology and media are responsible for our current political climate.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 88 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Disruption":</p><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 (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect....</a></li></ul> Immersion in robotic design keeps ACADIA workshops true to 'Posthuman Frontiers' theme Viola Ago 2016-11-10T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-11-14T20:25:29-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="174" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA</a> (The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference is a yearly, highly anticipated event for many architecture practitioners, researchers, educators, and inventers around the world. It is a chance for architects to come together and reach into the work that they have been starting or contributing to over the last year. This year ACADIA was hosted at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan</a>, chaired and organized by accomplished and celebrated faculty members from Taubman College. The theme for the ACADIA 2016 conference is &ldquo;Posthuman Frontiers: Data, Designers, and Cognitive Machines&rdquo;; an elusive title meant to question certain fundamental conventional methods in architecture.</p><p><strong>The workshop series: immersive, full-service learning</strong></p><p>Every year, the workshop series is an integral part of a successful ACADIA conference. This year, there was a total of seven workshops that spanned across three intensive days in intim...</p> Editor's Picks #457 Nam Henderson 2016-11-10T10:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T21:05:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>ICYMI the latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: featured <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Emily Hunt Turner</a>, a Twin Cities-based architect, turned lawyer, turned restaurateur with an admirable social mission.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kisha Patterson</a> was impressed "<em>Hat's off to you sister! I've always believed that a solid &nbsp;architecture education isn't just about designing buildings but rather a project-based problem-solving curriculum with that somehow &nbsp;speaks to both the concrete challenges of our communities while retaining the blue-sky utopian vision it will take to make our world just and sustainable.</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plus, Barcelona-based photographer Sim&oacute;n Garc&iacute;a, was placed </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Focus</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>News</strong><br>AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issued a warning</a>, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) posted two consecutive months of a decline in demand for design services, for the first time since summer 2012.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>While at the same time The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Business Quarterly survey, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">found a decrease in billable hours and inquiries for n...</a></p> ACADIA's 'Robotic Softness' workshop experiments with Xbox Kinect and robo-weaving Drishti Haria 2016-11-08T20:07:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T12:37:39-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture</a> (ACADIA) conference 2016, hosted by the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban planning at the University of Michigan, is a preeminent platform to discuss design philosophies and acknowledge new realms of work done by individuals or organizations among the architectural community. The Institute for Computational Design at the University of Stuttgart's contribution to the field of computational design and architecture has been immense, and the workshop gave us valuable insight into the technology and know-how being developed at the there.</p><p>Through the seven ACADIA&rsquo;s workshops, we participated in &ldquo;Robotic Softness: Behavioral Fabrication Process of Woven Structures,&rdquo; led by Lauren Vasey, a Research Associate from the ICD and Giulio Brugnaro, a graduate of the ITECH Master&rsquo;s Program at the University of Stuttgart who is currently also pursuing his PHD at The Bartlett School of Architecture. The three day workshop was structured...</p> Hyperloop designs by BIG revealed for Dubai, featuring autonomous pods and city-wide portals Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-08T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T20:34:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dubai is set on getting its own hyperloop, and the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), in collaboration with BIG, is champing at the bit to make that a reality.</p><p>The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has agreed to review Hyperloop One&rsquo;s feasibility study for a high-speed network throughout the United Arab Emirates, designed to get passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi (about an hour and a half apart by bus) in 12 minutes. BIG and consulting firm McKinsey &amp; Co. will work in collaboration with Hyperloop One on the proposal. In a separate agreement formed this past August, Hyperloop One also has plans with Dubai to develop a hyperloop network for cargo.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>This step closer to a full-scale, working hyperloop (which Hyperloop One estimates will come to fruition in the next five years) comes after the company&rsquo;s dry run of its propulsion technology in the Nevada desert&mdash;part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SpaceX&rsquo;s competition</a> to design the pods and run them on a smaller-scale test-track. No...</p> New Harwyn Alucobond Office Pods Continue To Revolutionize Modular Design Sponsor 2016-11-07T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-09T00:08:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=November2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href=";utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=November2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harwyn Office Pod</a> is a portable home office born from founder Jason Fremder&rsquo;s need for a demarcation between home life and profession life.</p><p>Fremder explains the idea for the pod was born simultaneously with the birth of his first daughter &ldquo;my home office was no longer a quiet sanctuary&hellip;one sunny afternoon, when working in the backseat of my 4WD in the driveway at home, the idea for Harwyn struck me like a bolt of lighting.&rdquo;</p><p>The award-winning <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harwyn</a> office pods have taken the design world by storm offering beautifully designed prefabricated modular spaces. The small team at Harwyn is dedicated to innovative design working with the &ldquo;100 to 1 concept ratio&rdquo; which, as the designers explain, &ldquo;&hellip;for every 100 great ideas we put to paper, one will emerge as exceptional to make its way from sketchpad to design.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Today the brand, and designs, have evolved as well as the company&rsquo;s clientele. In a recent installation for a residential dwelling in Austr...</p> ACADIA's 'Floating Megalith' workshop challenges architecture's obsession with surface over volume Isabelle Leysens 2016-11-04T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T17:21:51-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last Wednesday afternoon, traffic briefly stopped at the main entrance to the University of Michigan&rsquo;s North Campus as 12 of us hauled a stark white blob the size of a jet ski up hills and across intersections. Curious and confused onlookers watched us as we carried what must have seemed like an unidentifiable object towards the small pond located behind the School of Music. Despite the cold and the rain, the workshop group prepared the form for its maiden voyage, and watched as its water ballast was filled, allowing the foam blob to slowly position itself into a floating megalith. Throughout this trek the workshop&rsquo;s leader, MIT Assistant Professor Brandon Clifford, walked alongside answering questions. For Brandon, this procession towards the water was not just a familiar aspect of his research in megalithic constructions, but instead an essential element of the history and significance of volumetric design.</p><p>Two days earlier, Brandon began his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACADIA workshop session</a> by telling the ...</p> BIG's ship/office building docks at the Philadelphia Navy Yard Julia Ingalls 2016-11-03T12:40:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T23:43:02-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="473" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What features an interior periscope, exterior stacked precast concrete panels in a basket-weave shape that mimic the curvature of a ship's hull, and 26,000 square feet of freshly occupied office space? Bjarke Ingels Group's newly completed "Intrepid," a four-story, LEED Gold certified office building for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Philadelphia Navy Yard</a> which just welcomed its first tangible tenant, the Penn Capital Management Company, Inc., on its top floor.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Intrepid's&nbsp;site context is closely tied to its design concept.&nbsp;As BIG partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann explains:&nbsp;&ldquo;In many cases, architects design big, boxy buildings that could be placed anywhere and don&rsquo;t connect directly to the site. You would really be hard-pressed to place 1200 Intrepid anywhere else, due to how it connects with its surroundings. Our commission involved creating a speculative office building, for which no tenants were committed. The key challenge here was to create a reason for tenants to be here with the constraint of a stringent bu...</p> One-to-One #44 with RotoLab co-founders Michael Rotondi, M A Greenstein and Nels Long Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-31T18:06:00-04:00 >2016-11-06T22:45:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For this One-to-One, Paul and Amelia are joined in-studio with RotoLab co-founders Michael Rotondi, M A Greenstein and Nels Long. Among a variety of ventures, RotoLab has ambitions to create uniquely VR-environments for architectural education and practice, and in the process, completely upend how we learn and work. Inspired by decades of experience in architecture and VR&rsquo;s imminent future, Rotondi and his co-founders spoke about socializing in VR, gaming as education, and what this new frontier could mean for tomorrow&rsquo;s architects.</p><p>You can read about RotoLab's GamerLab&trade; initiative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a>&nbsp;#44 with the <strong>RotoLab&nbsp;</strong><strong>co-founders</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> Say goodbye to clunky solar panels, and hello to Tesla's sleek new glass solar roof tiles Nicholas Korody 2016-10-31T15:09:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T12:42:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="391" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While solar panels have been subsidized in many cities for a while now, the blocky, rectangular panels aren&rsquo;t heavily implemented in part because they tend to appear as, well, an addition, rather than a constitutive element of home design. That's about to change, as Tesla has announced a (potentially) revolutionary new intervention in the development of self-powered homes.</p><p>At a press event at Universal Studios, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">roof tiles</a>. And they look strikingly like old-fashioned roof tiles, coming in a four distinct styles: &ldquo;Textured Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Tuscan Glass Tile&rdquo;, &ldquo;Smooth Glass Tile&rdquo; and &ldquo;Slate Glass Tile&rdquo;. From above, the glass is transparent to the sun. From street-level, the solar cells aren&rsquo;t visible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Tesla states that the tiles will cost less than traditional roofing when energy savings are factored in. Manufactured out of durable, long-lasting tempered glass, the roof tiles will &ldquo;last longer than the house&rdquo;, Musk ass...</p> U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the future of transportation: "We had to do something different." Alexander Walter 2016-10-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T13:49:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The&nbsp;DOT chief, previously&nbsp;mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reflected on the promise of autonomous and connected cars, the recent Smart City Challenge, the massive increase in traffic deaths, the potential of the shared vehicles unfolding right outside the window, and more. What follows&nbsp;is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for grammar and brevity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> Patrik Schumacher lays out his dreams for 'Parametricism 2.0,' post-Zaha Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-10-27T13:45:00-04:00 >2016-11-09T18:48:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>He calls critics &ldquo;dismissive&rdquo; and &ldquo;disdainful.&rdquo; He accuses architects of &ldquo;misguided political correctness,&rdquo; and says they are guilty of &ldquo;confusing architecture and art.&rdquo; Schumacher has turned&nbsp;his criticism on his&nbsp;own practice, rolling&nbsp;out plans for what he calls &ldquo;Parametricism 2.0,&rdquo; to&nbsp;better address the human factors like productivity, social interaction, culture, and well-being that detractors&nbsp;used to say&nbsp;Hadid ignored. &ldquo;I have to step up,&rdquo; Schumacher says. &ldquo;I will build my own star power.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from Schumacher the Parametricist:</p><ul><li><a title="Patrik Schumacher on the parametric future he plans for ZHA" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Patrik Schumacher on the parametric future he plans for ZHA</a></li><li><a title="ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ZHA after Zaha: Patrik Schumacher on Zaha and what's next for the firm, on Archinect Sessions #61</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brexit: a chance to roll back the interventionist state and unleash entrepreneurial creativity &ndash; op-ed by Patrik Schumacher</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Op-Ed: Beyond Stars, Icons and Much More, by Patrik Schumacher</a></li></ul><p></p> Original 176 emoji join MoMA's permanent collection Justine Testado 2016-10-26T20:28:00-04:00 >2016-11-14T04:39:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Who would have thought that emoji would be revered within the same museum walls that display the paintings of Van Gogh and Picasso? [MoMA] recently added NTT DoCoMo's original set of 176 emoji to their permanent collection as a gift...In early December, MoMA will debut an installation detailing the evolution of emoji and &ldquo;will present them in a new light (and no doubt inspire a few selfies)&rdquo;, says Paul Galloway, MoMA Collection Specialist in the Department of Architecture and Design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Thanks to a licensing agreement between MoMA and NTT DoCoMo, the museum's permanent collection now includes the original 176 emoji that altered digital communication as we know it today. Read more <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never Built New York" catalogues alternative visions of the City</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Show and Tell: MoMA's chief curator of architecture and design, Martino Stierli, on One-to-One #38</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA makes all its museum exhibition archives available online</a></p> Third runway at Heathrow gets the go-ahead Ellen Hancock 2016-10-25T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-11-04T00:02:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ministers approved the long-awaited decision at a cabinet committee meeting on Tuesday. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called the decision "truly momentous" and said expansion would improve the UK's connections with the rest of the world and support trade and jobs. Although Heathrow has always been the favourite among businesses, it has attracted the most opposition from MPs with constituencies near the airport or under flight paths.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The expansion which had been publicly opposed by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tory MP for Richmond Park, Zac Goldsmith and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has been widely debated for years.</p><p>Funded with private sector cash the new runway will cost &pound;17.6 billion but provide 260,000 more flights with an estimated boost of &pound;147 billion to the economy over 60 years. However, construction is unlikely to begin until 2020 at the earliest.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more about Heathrow and UK aviation projects here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Brexit kill &pound;405B worth of infrastructure projects?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Expansion of London City Airport granted planning permission</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw chosen to design Heathrow's new terminal</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Brexit, &ldquo;the priority for the government at this time will not be big sexy projects&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benoy Announced in Heathrow Shortlist for Terminal of the Future Expansion</a></li></ul> The (potential) Impact of Building Energy Codes Nam Henderson 2016-10-25T00:07:00-04:00 >2016-10-25T00:07:03-04:00 <img src="" width="635" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In terms of financial benefits to consumers from reduced utility bills, energy codes could save $126 billion dollars from 2010 to 2040. This equates to a CO2 reduction of 841 million metric tons (MMT). These savings are approximately equal to the greenhouse gases emitted by 177 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the CO2 emissions from 245 coal power plants for one year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) evaluates impacts of model energy codes in residential and commercial buildings. The most recent assessment focuses on the current model codes and their prospective national and state-level impacts from 2010 through 2040.</p>