Archinect - News 2015-03-30T09:09:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123915840/melbourne-tower-to-display-weather-data-via-led-animations-on-its-fa-ade Melbourne tower to display weather data via LED animations on its fa├žade Justine Testado 2015-03-29T09:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-29T13:49:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5q/5qvdjlbbo03fypuq.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 40-storey building at 888 Collins Street, in Victoria Harbour, will interpret real-time weather data from the Bureau of Meteorology and will transmit the next day's forecast every half-hour. However, rather than showing the weather report in numbers and with a temperature display [lighting designer] Canadian-born Bruce Ramus said it would be more of an abstract representation and reflection of the environment of Docklands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Checking the weather forecast on your smartphone is <em>so</em> pass&eacute;. The <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/106435/woods-bagot" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Woods Bagot</a>-designed apartment tower will show off a flashy accessory that gives real-time weather data, conceived by lighting designer <a href="http://ramus.com.au" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Ramus</a>. Completion of the 40-story building is scheduled for 2017.</p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121598884/a-new-use-for-the-eiffel-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A New Use for the Eiffel Tower</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115502137/the-all-glass-photon-space-could-help-us-get-our-daily-dose-of-sunlight-and-then-some" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The all-glass Photon Space could help us get our daily dose of sunlight, and then some</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/123682840/the-panama-canal-gets-supersized The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T11:10:00-04:00 >2015-03-26T17:41:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1ejw7hk8pecbfs0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over a hundred years ago, the first ships passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is entering a new stage in its history in order to stave off the threat of obsolescence presented by &ldquo;post-Panamax&rdquo; ships, or vessels larger than the size constraints of the Canal. An engaging episode of the History Channel&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Modern Marvels </em></a>series, &nbsp;&ldquo;Panama Canal Supersized&rdquo; documents the herculean efforts of engineers and thousands of workers to construct a new passage through the Americas that will radically change the global economy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4gua5cqndgi7vwc.jpg"></p><p>Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the original Panama Canal</a> took over a decade to complete. Since the early 16th century, there were several attempts to cut through the American continent in order to facilitate faster trade, eventually leading to a failed effort by the French in the late 19th century. The United States p...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123680434/la-s-arts-district-now-home-to-hyperloop-world-headquarters LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-24T19:41:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T20:52:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9efd179dfb25e88c18d92eaa6c5bb14d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A source close to [Hyperloop Technologies Inc.], who was not authorized speak publicly, confirmed the company has moved into the space, which was chosen in part so Hyperloop could be around artists and designers and other creative types in a space big enough to build large-scale hardware. [...] Funded by a reported $8.5 million in seed money, the company has raised an additional $20 million of the estimated $80 million it will need to build a five-mile Hyperloop test track</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/123669152/a-new-ethics-of-the-skyline-the-mile-high-building-is-coming A new ethics of the skyline: the mile-high building is coming Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T15:52:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T16:07:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n9/n98qbpws6efc53gl.jpg" width="514" height="598" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The technology of supertall buildings is a bit like genetic testing or nuclear energy: a volatile form of power. Technological capacities have outpaced our judgment. We know we can do it, but we don&rsquo;t know when not to do it. And so some endlessly wealthy mogul [...] will eventually move into a preposterously expensive penthouse so far above the Earth&rsquo;s crust that the air is thin and gales hammer at the glass. A mile&rsquo;s not science fiction. It&rsquo;s not even an outer limit.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123661102/supercomputing-project-simulates-architecture-s-influence-on-urban-microclimates Supercomputing project simulates architecture's influence on urban microclimates Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-03-24T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q90pg2zu0qv1moqs.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A research team from the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Utah is using high-performance computing resources from XSEDE to instantaneously and accurately simulate how infrastructure elements, such as parks, buildings, and parking lots, as well as their specifications and variations, affect air characteristics and quality in urban settings.</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/123282173/photo-archive-of-blade-runner-model-shop-shows-remarkably-convincing-replicants-hard-at-work Photo archive of "Blade Runner" model shop shows remarkably convincing replicants hard at work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-19T17:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T16:17:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9igc8k1gr5lgu9b.jpg" width="514" height="778" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>An amazing cache of 142 "behind the scenes" photos from the model shop of the 1982 classic sci-fi flick "Blade Runner" are now <a href="http://imgur.com/a/mv8qf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available on imgur</a>. A huge h/t to <a href="http://boingboing.net/2015/03/17/images-from-the-bladerunner-mo.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boing Boing</a>, where we first came across these photos.</p><p>Perhaps they're coming to light now as promo for the (official) <a href="http://variety.com/2014/film/news/harrison-ford-loves-blade-runner-2-script-1201378743/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blade Runner sequel</a>?&nbsp;Here's a selection of some of our favorites, in all their late '70s glory:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fd/fdlg24zitm5hus4y.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aw/awvwed4l5tkotp2b.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0ss0rvyrrcx97i0r.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ln/lno4pyzu6d5shtwt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6acp4dmuta9vy7t0.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkcxllpk1v2icfz7.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mq/mq60ci695xi71w48.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uc/ucxo9awm9zqloa9m.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/tapsrew4k3ulzboh.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pp/ppe9cp8yphryci96.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ky/kypwexn8iitwapek.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5jrtemkdcxmujxa8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/as/as11ebejl2hfq7o1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2b/2b8ejogfoxark4e0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bg/bgic96jrisnhip36.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0tlm00rgmgei39w.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j0/j0atubqlk7kjpipo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l0/l0h5t4gpg7uqf6or.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7vnmq691whqktj6.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lusayfw8xu30heo8.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgrsln699jl6siqp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/80/801qilkw9pq586jy.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11dgxxnjnb64k25c.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123207486/are-driverless-pods-the-future-of-public-transportation Are driverless pods the future of public transportation? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:23:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ry7i5uq0k23b4j6b.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Driverless pods, gliding above city streets using a network of elevated guideways. This is SkyTran -- but is it the future? SkyTran wants to do away with train schedules and central stations to develop a grid system above the ground with multiple "off ramps" acting as stations where users can board pre-booked pods &ndash; a cab service for the skies. Call for SkyTran on your smart phone and a computer-controlled, magnetically levitating pod arrives. It will whisk you across the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>SkyTran claims the pods, weighing just 300 lbs, would consume about a third of the electricity used by today's hybrid cars. And the infrastructure can be built for $10 million per mile, at least according to the CEO Jerry Sanders.</p><p>Later this year, the company plans to complete its first pilot project at the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries in Tel Aviv. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mui1wlrq2kzt1lxa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skoenlexeemr862q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37dipan4usg7edbw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123135963/chicago-s-radisson-blu-aqua-hotel-creates-an-app-to-better-acquaint-the-guests-with-the-architecture Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel creates an app to better acquaint the guests with the architecture Archinect 2015-03-17T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:36:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fy/fyqs9o6uiwd1uf5m.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think our hope is that it will make guests connect to the hotel in a different way by understanding the thoughts of the architect and the designer, who wanted to create more of a community than a typical hotel lobby</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/123135161/nbbj-proposes-strategy-for-creating-skyscrapers-that-don-t-cast-shadows NBBJ proposes strategy for creating skyscrapers that don't cast shadows Archinect 2015-03-17T17:43:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T18:48:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/km/kmjxu10rnhm6x5co.jpg" width="514" height="568" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>They used computer modeling to design a pair of buildings, one of which works like a gigantic, curved mirror. The glass surface of the northernmost building reflects light down into the shadow cast by its&nbsp;southern partner. And the carefully defined curve of that glass allows the reflected light to follow the shadow throughout the day.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/yc/ycdcq4hut00by8uk.gif"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122981772/an-urban-treehouse-that-absorbs-pollution An Urban Treehouse That Absorbs Pollution Miles Jaffe 2015-03-16T19:22:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T20:27:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0m/0m5q37ta060unrtn.jpg" width="514" height="617" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's a special building because it lives, grows, breathes and changes over time. Its terraces are dotted with 150 tall trees which together with 50 plants in the court produce about 150,000 liters per hour of oxygen, at night absorbing about 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide per hour. Also slashing particulate matter caused by cars, protecting from noise, following the natural cycle of the seasons, growing day by day, creating an ideal microclimate.</p></em><br /><br /><p>^ Translated from Italian. Check the <a href="http://divisare.com/projects/283279-Luciano-Pia-25-Verde" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a> for more photos.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121983592/how-alucobond-aluminum-composite-materials-have-evolved-to-meet-strict-building-standards How Alucobond┬« Aluminum Composite Materials Have Evolved To Meet Strict Building Standards Sponsor 2015-03-16T12:42:00-04:00 >2015-03-13T13:44:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rc/rc7e5hitvvd4cfpi.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectMarch&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong><br>&nbsp;<p>The national and international building codes have recently challenged the construction market with design-oriented goals of sustainability and energy efficiency. The increasing demand for high performance, energy-efficient buildings has led to the evolution of building enclosure designs that incorporate durability, longevity, and thermal and weather protection. Architects and building owners are now required to meet stringent energy codes which has resulted in a systems approach to designing the building envelope components. As a result, fire protection and life safety issues have significantly affected the development of the fire codes and has become integral with recent International Building Code (IBC) updates. A lot is now dependent on the correct usage of materials and systems, especially when it comes to the facade of a building and aluminum composite materials (ACM).&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5c/5c5142ols6yxuaw0.jpg"></p><p>Alucobond&reg; ACM can be provided with a choice between two types of c...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122588365/critical-response-to-googleplex-expansion-focuses-on-suburban-development-not-architecture Critical response to Googleplex expansion focuses on suburban development, not architecture Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2015-03-15T18:38:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z4/z4o1d1rrl9fsje2j.jpg" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">choice of BIG and Heatherwick Studios</a> to design their Mountain View campus expansion is true to form: big, brash, debatably realistic, with a dash of techno-utopianism. The critical response to the proposal &ndash; a series of webbed glass shells covering reconfigurable utility spaces, integrated with the North Shore&rsquo;s natural landscape and urban life &ndash; depended on where it was published. Design and architecture publications picked at BIG and Heatherwick&rsquo;s design; tech and general publications focused on mega-client Google and the changes to Mountain View.</p><p>The renderings released at the end of February (see <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>) are part of a <a href="http://mountainview.gov/depts/comdev/planning/activeprojects/bonusfar/bonusfarprojects.asp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">massive master plan</a> submitted by Google to Mountain View officials on February 27. It is highly unlikely it will proceed as-is. But with the sheer real estate that Google commands in Mountain View, this project adding 2.5 million new square feet to Google&rsquo;s cache of the majority of privately owned land in the North Bayshore area, it&rsquo;s certainly not scaling t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122578694/thresholds-44-workspace-is-seeking-submissions "Thresholds 44: workspace" is seeking submissions csbonin 2015-03-10T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-03-19T11:45:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9n5znci520hiqqbd.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>thresholds 44: workspace</em></strong><br>editors: christianna bonin | nisa ari</p><p><strong>CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS</strong></p><p>When an employee at Google&rsquo;s Mexico City office takes a post-lunch plunge into the on-site ball pit, is she working or playing? And when an employee in one of Foxconn&rsquo;s factory sites in China leaps from his eighth-floor dormitory, only to be cradled in recently installed &ldquo;suicide&rdquo; netting, is he fulfilling or transgressing the design of the workspace? Long hidden in museum basements, conservation labs and storage rooms now feature prominently in museum designs. Facing complicated visa programs and unsavory jobs, employers skirt bureaucracy to sustain the agricultural industry in the US and illegal workers stay undocumented in order to be easily employable. When and why are certain workspaces - and workers - hidden or revealed? What is the &ldquo;work&rdquo; that is supposed to happen in the workspace and how have transformations of the tools, economies, demographics, and technologies within the workspace shaped the...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122526485/japanese-government-pushes-for-advanced-technology-in-tokyo-olympic-stadium-including-facial-recognition Japanese government pushes for advanced technology in Tokyo Olympic Stadium, including facial recognition Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T19:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T19:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vb2hf3su4o6d9noc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants Japan to showcase its cutting-edge technology in the new national stadium being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Abe made the remark on Monday at a meeting with a study panel on the stadium. [...] Prime Minister Abe [...] said he wants to hear people in other countries calling the new stadium great. Some people have raised concerns about high maintenance costs for the new facility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While some of that Japanese cutting-edge technology (for example 3D projection) will be found in the entertainment department, other features, like <a href="http://www.biometricupdate.com/201501/tokyos-national-olympic-stadium-to-deploy-facial-recognition-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facial recognition</a>, could enable ticketless entrance and serve security and&nbsp;counterterrorism efforts.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122383572/editor-s-picks-407 Editor's Picks #407 Nam Henderson 2015-03-08T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T19:04:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nq/nqk1dye1x3680sz8.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;recapped <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121757223/michael-maltzan-looks-to-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan&rsquo;s recent talk</a> at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles, in which Maltzan explained "<em>the relationship his projects hold to their infrastructural, urban and social contexts</em>".</p><p>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/justine.testado" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Justine Testado</a>&nbsp;reported in from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122049433/h-l-ne-binet-celebrates-first-u-s-exhibit-at-wuho-with-the-2015-julius-shulman-institute-photography-award" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the WUHO Gallery in Hollywood for opening night</a> of '<a href="http://jsi.architecture.woodbury.edu/portfolio/helene-binet-fragments-of-light" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&eacute;l&egrave;ne Binet: Fragments of Light</a>'. The event was held in celebration of Binet as the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118971699/the-2015-julius-shulman-institute-photography-award-goes-to-h-l-ne-binet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 recipient</a> of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/er/er3ayk28zj5ni8xd.jpg"></p><p>The NYT published <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121968291/building-the-first-slavery-museum-in-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Amsden&rsquo;s profile of the Whitney Plantatio</a>n - a museum dedicated to telling the story of slavery &mdash; the first of its kind in the United States.&nbsp;<strong>Matt4e</strong> commented "<em>This place is awesome. &nbsp;Kudos to Mr. Cummings</em>"&nbsp; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Responding to the discussion in Archinect Sessions Episode #19:</a> <strong>Lscapeisaverb</strong> offered up some suggestions "<em>Given how engaged everyone was with the topic, I think the Slavery Park/Museum deserves more time on the show with one addition- voices of color...It's a problematic topic and exc...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122302552/uc-berkeley-team-unveils-bloom-3d-printed-cement-structure UC Berkeley team unveils "Bloom" 3D-printed cement structure Archinect 2015-03-06T20:49:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T16:30:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t25cmln8di0efp2o.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A UC Berkeley research team led by Ronald Rael, associate professor of architecture, will unveil today (Friday, March 6) the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date. The debut of this groundbreaking project is a demonstration of the architectural potential of 3-D printing. It will close the fifth annual Berkeley Circus, which celebrates the research and accomplishments of the College of Environmental Design (CED) community.</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/122281660/dubai-unveils-plans-for-its-flashy-museum-of-the-future Dubai unveils plans for its flashy Museum of the Future Alexander Walter 2015-03-06T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:29:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hwzrqod4nj0b1gsb.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai continues to treat city planning like a simulation game with the cheats turned on, unveiling its latest architectural wonder: the&nbsp;Museum of the Future.&nbsp;The building is set to open in 2017, and while we're not quite sure how to describe its shape (a lopsided torus? An aerodynamic donut?) it serves an interesting dual purpose as both museum and research lab.</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/122201296/archinect-sessions-episode-19-don-t-be-evil-don-t-throw-stones Archinect Sessions Episode #19: Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones Archinect 2015-03-05T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-03-25T10:22:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fqwi6bq2zo7nwek.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week Amelia, Paul, Donna and Ken discuss the somewhat controversial <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Headquarters</a> design by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/12450131/heatherwick-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick</a>. On a completely different note, we also discuss the new, and the nation's first, slavery museum,&nbsp;Whitney Plantation, in Louisiana.&nbsp;</p><p>As always, you can send us&nbsp;your architectural legal issues, comments or questions via <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">twitter</a> #archinectsessions,&nbsp;<a href="http://ed@archinect.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">email</a>&nbsp;or call us at (213) 784-7421. And if you can, we'd love for you to rate us on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iTunes</a> or Stitcher!</p><p>Listen to episode nineteen of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Don't be Evil, Don't Throw Stones":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" 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://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>Stitcher</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=55711&amp;refid=stpr" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to listen</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" 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="http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://archinect.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/archinect/Archinect-Sessions-19.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122202906/how-video-game-engines-may-influence-the-future-of-architecture-and-everything-else How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else) Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-03-11T18:19:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b8c3c3a31a0e3f628e7275102b453f3f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Epic Games, the company best known for Gears of War, has a very different plan for this generation of video games &mdash; one that expands far beyond what games are typically assumed to be. [...] In this future, or present if you ask Sweeney, lessons learned from one field, say an architect designing a virtual building, can be applied to games or film, and likewise. Sweeney believes the potential application of the engine across all fields increases exponentially as information is shared.</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/122129762/sculpting-the-architectural-mind-conference-examines-neuroscience-s-effects-on-architecture-education "Sculpting the Architectural Mind" conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-04T21:19:00-05:00 >2015-03-09T11:39:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g5/g5c005stdbdayff8.jpg" width="514" height="117" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Last August, on the Apollonian campus of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, neuroscientists and architects came together to flush the architecture profession with a bit more cerebral rigor. Under the guidance of the <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">Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture</a>&nbsp;(ANFA), that 2014 conference hoped to provide architects with salient neuroscientific data to use in practice. While still considered somewhat of a niche agenda, advances in brain science and brain-computer interfaces have already been adopted by architectural research; if not for scientific experimentations, then design ones. And that research is happening thanks to the experimental frontiers only possible in academia. But aside from experimental novelty, neuroscience stands to help architects better understand not just their process, but subsequently, how the discipline is taught.</p><p>A new conference hosted by the Pratt Institute&rsquo;s School of Architecture, &ldquo;<a href="https://www.pratt.edu/academics/architecture/ug-dept-architecture/sculpting-the-architectural-mind/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sculpting the Architectural Mind: Neuroscience and the E...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122147451/guggenheim-to-host-competing-intelligence-digital-architecture-masterclass-this-saturday Guggenheim to host "Competing Intelligence" Digital Architecture Masterclass this Saturday Justine Testado 2015-03-04T20:40:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:27:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7p/7pakgks1kiyvrfeg.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Mark your calendars, <a href="http://www.guggenheim.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guggenheim</a> is hosting a free one-day "Competing Intelligence" Digital Architecture Masterclass this Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All current architecture students and recent graduates (from within the past five years) in the New York metro area are encouraged to join!</p><p>This experiment will bring together human and artificial intelligence in evaluating design, as an interactive way to test the limits of artificial intelligence in an architectural context, specifically in the architecture competition. To make things even more interesting, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111893104/what-do-you-think-of-the-guggenheim-helsinki-stage-one-entries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stage One entries </a>of the popular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/386053/guggenheim-helsinki" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition</a> will be used as the data set.</p><p>The one-day workshop will be led by Hugo Liu, principal scientist at eBay and a Ph.D. holder from the MIT Media Lab, and Troy Conrad Therrien, who is the curator of the Architecture and Digital Initiatives.</p><p>Results will be showcased in the forthcoming Guggenheim Helsinki Now exhibition at the Kunsthalle Helsinki a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122049432/the-town-that-hyperloop-built The town that Hyperloop built Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-03T19:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:49:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e2/e25cd1f06956a6cb50c08f9659285b93.jpg" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For [Hyperloop Transportation Technologies], the Quay Valley test track is a way to test its idea of smaller hyperloop rings that could eventually connect to a bigger loop that runs along I-5. For Quay Valley and Hays, the test track is a wildly futuristic attraction [...] It follows a narrative pulled from the world of consumer technology, rather than conventional urban planning. Quay Valley isn't really a place with people yet ... it's a collection of technologies that residents will use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Transit oriented developments, or TODs, are mixed-use urban nodes designed with public transit as their core. The typology emerged from the idea that well-integrated and easy access to transit supports businesses and an active urban life, and that strategic transportation planning can help make thriving cities. But what if that transit, and the town, are both brand new?</p><p>Cut to Quay Valley, a proposed development out in the middle of California's Central Valley that would bear the testing ground for a bunny-slope version of the Hyperloop, Elon Musk's pneumatic wonder-transit. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), an organization intent on making the Hyperloop a reality but independent from Musk (and working with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91398475/hyperloop-still-far-from-frictionless-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a> to get there), wants the new city to be the test environment for a Hyperloop mockup halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles &ndash; the end-lines in Musk's original proposal.</p><p>The Hyperloop would be the de facto public transit of Quay Valley's 7,500-acre plot, gettin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121976344/vienna-plan-world-s-tallest-wooden-skyscraper Vienna plan world's tallest wooden skyscraper Nicholas Korody 2015-03-02T16:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:25:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9l/9l425ipnim1uh7g0.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A wooden skyscraper that Austrian architects say will be the tallest of its kind in the world is to be built in Vienna next year. The 84-metre (276ft) HoHo project in the Seestadt Aspern area, one of Europe&rsquo;s largest urban development sites, will house a hotel, apartments, restaurant, wellness centre and offices, and is expected to cost about &euro;60m (&pound;44m).</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;R&uuml;diger Lainer and Partner, the skyscraper would consist of 76% wood. The material choice, according to project developer&nbsp;Caroline Palfy of Kerbler, is largely ecological. While wood requires hewing down trees, its net environmental impact is far lower than concrete: construction would produce&nbsp;2,800 tonnes less of CO2<strong>&nbsp;</strong>emissions than an equivalent-sized concrete structure.</p><p>Of course, there's a reason why our cities don't tend to be populated by wooden towers. And the Viennese fire service has already expressed concern over the designs. But, with measures including "a more fail-safe sprinkler system," the building will likely pass muster.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpdo0hjaqs4nnvkz.jpg"></p><p>For others, criticism of the proposed skyscraper center around its height. Politicians and other civically-engaged Austrians have expressed concern that the tower will not fit into the historic city's skyline.</p><p>More generally, there's been a good deal of interest in the use of wood in skyscraper design in the last few years. For related conte...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:14:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapped, and acce...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T18:41:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121692925/hy-bol-pavilion-at-city-college-of-new-york HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York op-al 2015-02-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:32:09-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjii61dklitskyzd.jpg" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.</p><p>"Architecture is <em>Building-plus-value</em>." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas? Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:08:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/3584bad1dbce4a457da9cc721f4fa118.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation . It is the world&rsquo;s first 3D-printed villa. [...] Not all architects are convinced that 3D printing is good for architecture as a discipline. [...] "It may come without economic cost at a small scale but in architecture, if we are not careful, this is at the expense of integrity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121646250/smart-buildings-architects-using-brain-science-for-design-guidance Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Miles Jaffe 2015-02-26T12:14:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T21:58:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsz5vn0nipgun56d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture... Hopefully, the days of windowless classrooms to prevent vandalism and distraction are over.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Science once agains confirms what we already know, and architects turn it into a marketing tool.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582000/big-heatherwick-studio-to-design-new-google-hq BIG / Heatherwick Studio to design new Google HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:32:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kphyzgeu7vflksdy.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, [Google] is expected to propose new headquarters &mdash; a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels [...] The project in Mountain View, which Google has not made public but has discussed with members of the City Council, is likely to aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Both Heatherwick Studio and BIG have gained global success working on an impressive variety of scales, from the infrastructural to the sculptural, and also happen to both have relatively young founders (Heatherwick is 45, Ingels is 40). While details aren't expected until later this week, it feels safe to say that the design will continue Google's urbanification of its campus &ndash; borrowing elements from urban planning and "spontaneity generating" strategies for a new HQ that has BIG's playfulness and Heatherwick's artfulness.</p><p>More recent news from the firms:</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum</a></em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p>