Archinect - News 2014-10-22T19:26:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/111876186/what-makes-a-building-sacred What makes a building sacred? Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T16:44:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f283e8b12d8ffc800f56189e3ec91aab.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects &ndash; such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect Feature: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111411192/around-the-world-in-80-minutes-is-a-future-of-high-speed-air-travel-coming-soon Around the world in 80 minutes: Is a future of high-speed air travel coming soon? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-16T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nstt8bmcbwu6pq6g.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The reasons for designing and flying vehicles that are capable of global reach in the time taken to read the morning newspaper are technically attractive and militarily obvious. The economic and social justifications are perhaps less easily pinned down, but are nonetheless compelling. What will be the impact of treating Sydney as a commuter suburb for Beijing, or of being able to visit Antipodean gran for Sunday roast &ndash; with a serious prospect of being home in time for dinner and telly?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111324270/the-creative-city-challenge-asks-minnesota-designers-to-create-an-installation-as-social-space The Creative City Challenge asks Minnesota designers to create an installation as social space b3tadine[sutures] 2014-10-15T11:21:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T11:22:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/um/umsya5ki2sdfqnu3.jpg" width="514" height="165" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Creative City Challenge is a competition for Minnesota-resident architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, engineers, scientists, artists, students and individuals of all backgrounds to create and install at the Minneapolis Convention Center Plaza an artwork, which is an innovative use of the space and acts as a sociable and participatory platform for scheduled and impromptu onsite programs throughout the summer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110890667/editor-s-picks-388 Editor's Picks #388 Nam Henderson 2014-10-10T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-10T13:13:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr5e5c8nitt3jh00.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;continued her <strong>Material Witness</strong>. In <strong>#5</strong> she analyzed "<em>Wings of Desire</em>", "<em>Billy Elliot</em>"&nbsp;and "<em>In the Mood for Love</em>", for lessons about <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/110346994/material-witness-5-cultural-gerrymandering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cultural Gerrymandering</a>.&nbsp;<strong>Olaf Design Ninja_ </strong>is appreciative "<em>See Julia Ingalis quote above...there is more beer in the fridge...Enjoying this Feature!</em>"</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xo/xo4q2etlseoz50z3.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;launched a <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">column</a> which "<em>will serve to highlight architectures in the Anthropocene that choose the latter. Moreover, it will explore ways in which the Anthropocene thesis changes notions of architecture</em>".</p><p><br><strong>News</strong></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0wqcbomn2eodqev.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110262611/architectural-history-in-tiny-tokyo-capsules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Agence France-Presse spoke with Masato Abe</a>, founder of the Save Nakagin Capsule Tower Project.&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/alex" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alexander Walter</a>&nbsp;pointed out "<em>You can even spend a night in a capsule thanks to Airbnb....</em><em><a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1305889" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> or <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1860409" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></em>".</p><p><a href="http://ziauddinsardar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ziauddin Sardar</a> bemoaned <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110235274/has-mecca-been-robbed-of-its-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Destruction of Mecca</a>.&nbsp;<strong>EKE</strong> confirmed "<em>I visited the kingdom in 2000, and spent time in Riyadh, Jeddah and Mecca. &nbsp;Yes, they are being robbed of their history, and they are doing it to themselves. ..erasing so much of the local vernacular</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1jflur4k6cp2z72.jpg"></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/tylerhopf/status/517342193086775296" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tyler...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-09T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T00:05:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ey/ey4o2dhr2bjo2zta.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The aptly named Quake Column is a knurled pillar of 3-D printed concrete that combines an ancient Incan masonry technique with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools to create a structure that can withstand seismic shocks without mortar or rebar. [...] It&rsquo;s an interesting proof of concept, but utilizing a 3-D printer, rather than traditional ceramic manufacturing technique also unlocked a host of other advantages.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110818290/san-francisco-legalizes-regulates-airbnb-with-lots-of-amendments San Francisco Legalizes, Regulates Airbnb (With Lots of Amendments) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T20:45:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb3bd778eee3d77534f9c9e06cf1fdc8.jpg" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city&rsquo;s board of supervisors voted to legalize and regulate short-term stays through a controversial piece of legislation that has been two years in the making [...] The key changes include a limit on non-hosted rentals for up to 90 days per year. [...] [The hosts will] also have to pay the city&rsquo;s hotel taxes. They &mdash; not Airbnb &mdash; are responsible for certifying that they&rsquo;re only hosting 90 days a year and for keeping records that prove this.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110815874/why-steve-jobs-obsessed-about-office-design-and-yes-bathroom-locations Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations) Archinect 2014-10-08T19:50:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T09:08:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trc8f4zcjx1pjq8c.jpg" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Steve Jobs designed a new headquarters for Pixar, he obsessed over ways to structure the atrium, and even where to locate the bathrooms, so that serendipitous personal encounters would occur. Among his last creations was the plan for Apple&rsquo;s new signature headquarters, a circle with rings of open workspaces surrounding a central courtyard.</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/110733077/neighbor-can-you-spare-a-dime-citylab-conference-considers-sharing-economy-s-urban-impact Neighbor, can you spare a dime? CityLab conference considers sharing economy's urban impact Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-08T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T23:46:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cr/cr9bm7ok3zmsqaov.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For two days on the cusp of fall, a gaggle of mayors, journalists, technologists, and civic-minded entrepreneurs convened for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109875013/join-archinect-at-the-citylab-urban-solutions-to-global-challenges-conference-sept-29-30-in-los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic</em>&rsquo;s CityLab 2014 conference</a>&nbsp;in still-balmy downtown Los Angeles. The full title, "Urban Solutions to Global Challenges", jumps off of the presumption that cities, not countries, are at the forefront of public innovation, and then dives into the waters where civic tech and urban life intermingle &ndash; where local governments have got to make better use of digital technology, and fast. To take the panels and presentations as gospel, our cities are at the best of times and the worst of times; climbing to dizzying heights of technological capabilities and entrepreneurial hopes, while caught in the social and rhetorical undertows of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96550328/a-conversation-on-gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the big &ldquo;G&rdquo; word</a>, income inequality and population growing pains. But throughout the lofty jargon, the clearest concern was how cultural shifts in information technologies can improve urban development.</p><p>It&rsquo;s easy to point to inst...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110233666/mayor-vows-to-make-la-more-pedestrian-friendly Mayor Vows to Make LA More Pedestrian-Friendly Nicholas Korody 2014-10-01T11:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:15:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6x/6xj93lm0x4nz1nm0.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calling Los Angeles streets a &ldquo;front door to the world and the place where public life and private enterprise connect,&rdquo; Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city Department of Transportation released a strategic plan Monday aimed at making them safer and more accessible by 2025. The 61-page report, titled &ldquo;Great Streets for Los Angeles,&rdquo; looks toward ending all pedestrian-related deaths, improving safety around public schools and changing the timing of streetlights [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Included in the plan are initiatives to help the city become more bike-friendly, such as adding more bike corrals on the street and racks to city buses. This comes on the heels of new, state-wide legislation recently <a href="http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/09/22/governor-brown-signs-protected-bike-lane-bill-car-fee-for-bike-paths/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">signed</a> by Gov. Jerry Brown aimed to increase bike safety. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1193" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Assembly Bill 1193</a> will create standards for protected bike lanes, or cycle tracks. <a href="http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1183" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senate Bill 1183</a>&nbsp;will provide funding for bike lanes and bike infrastructure through a vehicle surcharge.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0b/0bj277erxkn1fgbe.jpg"></p><p>While long considered an exclusively automobile-oriented city, LA has become increasingly friendly for bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. Actually, USA Today recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/03/50-best-us-biking-cities/15017309/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ranked</a> the city #28 out of the 50 best cities for biking, right after Oakland (and before Miami). Part of the increase in bike riding in the city has been because of the new green bike lanes that have been put in place over the last few years. The bright green color, however, has received some criticism: an LA Times <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/opinion/la-ed-bikelane-20120214" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">op-ed </a>published in 2012 bemoaned the a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/110175865/leds-to-be-installed-in-the-sistine-chapel LEDs to be installed in the Sistine Chapel Nicholas Korody 2014-09-30T12:57:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:35:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/41/4131i2yg9dacl9aj.jpg" width="500" height="673" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he did so, for the most part, using the light of the sun that streamed through the windows of the building. And for the past 500 years since then, viewers have admired the results of that work, for the most part, with the help of that same light source. Starting next month...the famous ceiling will be getting a new look in the form of new lights. Some 7,000 LEDs, to be precise [...]</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/109875013/join-archinect-at-the-citylab-urban-solutions-to-global-challenges-conference-sept-29-30-in-los-angeles Join Archinect at the "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" conference, Sept. 29 & 30 in Los Angeles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-26T17:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:57:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4s/4stksfh093zn7qic.jpg" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CityLab's more than 400 attendees will bring together the people who are creating the cities of the future&mdash;dozens of mayors from around the world, practitioners, planners, architects, artists, economists, urban scholars, and other civic leaders&mdash;to discuss emerging trends and share best practices for common challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Archinect will be covering the second annual "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" conference, a summit for top figures in city governments, design, architecture, journalism and technology to address pressing urban issues. Hosted by&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the program will include presentations by:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/404112/eric-garcetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Eric Garcetti<em>, </em></strong></a>Mayor,&nbsp;Los Angeles</li><li><strong>Brian Chesky</strong>, CEO and Founder, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287980/airbnb" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb</a></li><li><strong>Henk Ovink</strong>, Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development</li><li><strong>Donald Shoup</strong>, Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies, <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a></li><li><strong>John Zimmer</strong>, Co-Founder and President, Lyft</li><li><strong>Bill Peduto</strong>, Mayor, Pittsburgh</li><li><strong>Kasim Reed</strong>, Mayor, Atlanta</li></ul><p>We'll be live-tweeting the whole thing <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@Archinect</a></strong>, Monday September 29 and Tuesday September 30, <strong>#CityLab2014</strong>. You can also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/live/events/citylab/2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">live-stream it here</a>.</p><p>If you're in Los Angeles and looking to take part, CityLab is also hosting "CityLab: Making L.A....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109663689/hacking-rem-koolhaas-2014-venice-biennale-with-project-source-code "Hacking" Rem Koolhaas' 2014 Venice Biennale with Project Source Code Justine Testado 2014-09-24T15:33:00-04:00 >2014-10-01T21:59:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vyippqf09u94mzp3.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hacking an architecture exhibition through augmented reality? Yes, there's an app for that. "Project Source Code" is a digital guerrilla-style exhibition created by architect/artist/researcher <a href="http://ozeloffice.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">G&uuml;ven&ccedil; &Ouml;zel</a> that lets mobile-device users "hack" key works in Rem Koolhaas' "Elements of Architecture" exhibit currently at the 2014 Venice Biennale. Blending digital and physical space, the project is deemed to be the first to use augmented reality on a live exhibition and also the first time that raw 3D architectural models are treated as exhibition pieces.</p><p>Ozel's selection includes 6 pioneering works he directly acquired (with prior approval) from contemporary architects and designers known for their use of digital design techniques. This includes Asymptote Architecture, Greg Lynn FORM, Neil M. Denari Architects, and Oosterhuis_L&eacute;n&aacute;rd.</p><p>Ozel fully explains his project in the info he provided below:</p><p><strong>PROJECT SOURCE CODE</strong></p><p>"In the field of computer science, SOURCE CODE refers to a set of instructions...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109584106/larry-page-wants-a-google-2-0-that-will-build-cities-and-airports-report-says Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says Archinect 2014-09-22T20:21:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T21:20:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/uefwaebk6c4qxgt1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the company a year ago to look at the big challenges facing humanity and the ways Google can overcome them. Among the grand-scale plans discussed were Page's desire to build a more efficient airport as well as a model city. To progress these ideas to fruition, the Google chief has also apparently proposed a second research and development lab, called Google Y...</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/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet' Archinect 2014-09-22T18:55:00-04:00 >2014-09-25T14:05:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8r/8raxa66rzqeficwt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple has previously advertised the environmentally conscious features of Campus 2, most notably on the recently updated environmental section of its website, which states that the building will be "powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources" and rely on natural ventilation instead of temperature control during 75 percent of the year. Apple will also be installing more than 300 electric vehicle charging stations on the campus and planting more than 7,000 trees on the grounds.</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/109328885/archinect-is-at-the-salk-institute-covering-the-academy-of-neuroscience-for-architecture-conference Archinect is at the Salk Institute, covering the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture Conference Archinect 2014-09-19T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-21T20:01:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n8wekdscruifjtpo.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Look for coverage of the confernce here on Archinect next week. For now, follow <a href="http://twitter.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect on Twitter</a>, or via <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/anfarch?f=realtime&amp;src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#anfarch</a></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/anfarch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#anfarch Tweets</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o4/o4si8xoylf15k6gd.jpg"></p><p><em>The <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/event/academy_of_neuroscience_for_architecture_conference/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ANFA Conference</a> will explore, from a scientific basis, the range of human experiences with elements of architecture, through collaboration between architects and neuroscientists.&nbsp; The goal is to inspire ideas and new collaborations that will ignite change and unlock the potential of Neuroscience for Architecture.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109267885/editor-s-picks-385 Editor's Picks #385 Nam Henderson 2014-09-18T17:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T13:00:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sy/syjjbnsqw0ogisso.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest entry in the <strong>Showcase:</strong> series featured <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108577997/showcase-stadthaus-m1-by-barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s Stadthaus M1</a>,&nbsp;located in the "sustainable model district" of Vauban in the already so-called "green city" of Freiburg.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5h/5h4fjj214gc4cubc.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;looked at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108655901/factory-berlin-a-new-tech-incubator-emerges-from-the-ruins-of-the-berlin-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Factory Berlin</a>, a "<em>start-up campus</em>" hosted by Google, built on a site where "<em>a section of the Berlin Wall...once housed a German Democratic Republic (GDR) watchpost</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;recommended "<em>if you want to keep the political going in your architecture crit, you could probably look at what I have considered the 3 downtowns of Berlin; look at them historically maybe - Kuferstendamm (west), Alexander Platz (east), and Potsdamer Plat (unified)</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d86dz5rgz7xqgfcd.jpg"><br><br><strong>News</strong><br>Mildred Friedman, a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the 1970s and &rsquo;80s who helped both the museum and the contemporary design and architecture it celebrated become objects of international acclaim, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108712952/mildred-friedman-85-dies-curator-elevated-design-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died on Sept. 3 in Manhatta</a>n. She was 85.</p><p>Until October 31,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108644655/built-by-women-nyc-is-searching-for-100-of-the-best-nyc-projects-built-by-women" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the </a><a href="http://bwaf.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108644655/built-by-women-nyc-is-searching-for-100-of-the-best-nyc-projects-built-by-women" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> is acce...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109036494/baltimore-dc-high-speed-train-secures-5bn-in-funding Baltimore-DC High Speed Train Secures $5bn in Funding Nicholas Korody 2014-09-15T18:08:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T18:08:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tm/tmt99zlj9zlx1gsc.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An investor group hoping to build a high-speed train capable of cutting the travel time between Baltimore and Washington to 15 minutes says in a filing to state regulators that it has lined up more than $5 billion in financial backing. The commitment is from the Japanese government, which hopes to showcase the technology behind superconducting magnetic levitation or &ldquo;maglev&rdquo; trains to an American audience [&hellip;]</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that the maglev train has detractors, many of whom complain at the cost, which is far higher than other high-speed rails like those currently being built in California. For more information on the California project, check out the Atlantic's coverage <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/the-california-high-speed-rail-debate-kicking-things-off/374135/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, Joanna Symons of <em>the Telegraph</em>&nbsp;rode around Japan to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/japan/11096405/Japan-50-years-of-the-bullet-train.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">commemorate</a> the 50 year anniversary of the bullet train.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109022789/new-york-s-plan-to-storm-proof-fire-island-is-deeply-flawed-says-scientist New York’s Plan to Storm-Proof Fire Island Is Deeply Flawed, Says Scientist Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2014-09-15T15:12:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/06afa96fd3fe5c2ccb3d78515f8c3cba.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The project does not provide the storm damage mitigation and storm-surge protection that is promised, or at least the U.S. Geological Survey comments on the plan question the science behind those proposed benefits.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;A project like this, where the science is being questioned by government scientists and the environmental impacts are clearly negative, it&rsquo;s a poster child for where we shouldn&rsquo;t do this. This stretch of Fire Island is a park, for goodness sake.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108814986/aa-athens-visiting-school-2014-challenges-the-static-built-environment-with-kinetic-haze AA Athens Visiting School 2014 challenges the static built environment with “Kinetic Haze” Justine Testado 2014-09-12T21:03:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T21:03:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z00xv4r57x1wvyfu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Students and professionals had another opportunity to take part in the third cycle of the AA Athens Visiting School program, "Cipher City: Revolutions". Taking place at the National Technical University of Athens this past spring, participants focused on addressing the roles of change, adaptation and interaction through scripting and digital fabricating techniques at large scale models.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The program set out to challenge the motionless built environment in the collaborative creation of a kinetic pathway prototype called Kinetic Haze. Participants applied the basic design elements from their own proposals in creating the project in less than five days.</p><p>Here's a glimpse of the project</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/kin6gc043z19pfg4.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kq/kqcqyncun09xugxj.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hr/hr86w3xicxiagxyz.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixvltito0hgm4tlu.jpg"></p><p>Find more project photos and details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/aa_athens_visiting_school_2014_challenges_the_static_built_environment_with/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108654291/editor-s-picks-384 Editor's Picks #384 Nam Henderson 2014-09-11T13:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T12:37:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ii/iitgpw41zr3uii3c.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the latest edition of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/445980/cutting-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting Room</a> series&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/paul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Petrunia</a>&nbsp;got back in touch with Joseph Kosinski&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/732/kdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">who was first interviewed back in 2004, for Les Jumelles, the </a><a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/?ref=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Ffeatures%2Farticle%2F732%2Fkdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art of Speed</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/732/kdlab-and-the-art-of-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> film created for Nike as a member of </a><a href="http://www.kdlab.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KDLAB</a>.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108112212/cutting-room-joseph-kosinski-talks-to-archinect-about-his-transition-from-architecture-to-hollywood" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This time the conversation focused on his transition from architecture to Hollywood director</a>, with&nbsp;films such as 2010's <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104001?ref_=nm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TRON: Legacy</a> or the visually stunning <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1483013?ref_=nm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oblivion</a>.&nbsp;<strong>todd</strong> was impressed "<em>Props to Joseph / &nbsp;KD Lab. &nbsp;WoW</em>".</p><p>Plus, <strong>Screen/Print #24:</strong> published an excerpt of <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space's</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/107718872/screen-print-24-architectural-fantasies-from-fairy-tales-when-architecture-tells-a-story" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales &mdash; When Architecture Tells A Story&#8203;</a>,&nbsp;a collection of fantastical stories written and designed by architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9czbvabwewd34b3.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108031809/is-shigeru-ban-goodwashing-in-aspen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dana Goodyear makes connections</a>,&nbsp;between Shigeru Ban&rsquo;s consistent rejection of the label of "<em>green architect</em>" and a question of "<em>greenwashing</em>" vs. "<em>what you might call goodwashing</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;points to "<em>A critical re-appraisal of Ban&rdquo; by Glen Small one &ldquo;of his SCI-Arc professors</em>". &nbsp;Yet, it is the implications regarding how an architect may control their own brand...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108636618/what-s-a-software-company-doing-buying-an-architecture-firm What's A Software Company Doing Buying An Architecture Firm? Archinect 2014-09-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T18:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/56/56db25d07c4c9d1e57ec229759f761e1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Software companies don&rsquo;t usually go around buying architecture and design firms, but The Living isn&rsquo;t your typical beards-and-Blue-Bottle band of architects. The 7-person shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was acquired earlier this year for a small, undisclosed price by design and engineering software maker Autodesk. The reason: The Living&rsquo;s expertise in blending all that&rsquo;s new in materials, 3-D printing and more arcane new fields such as biological manufacturing and algorithmic design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108635809/internet-slowdown-campaign-aims-to-raise-awareness-of-threats-to-net-neutrality 'Internet Slowdown' Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Threats to Net Neutrality Nicholas Korody 2014-09-10T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T13:17:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/os/osg00etdwj41x2to.jpg" width="250" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The &ldquo;loading&rdquo; icons appearing today on popular websites such as Reddit and Netflix don't really mean those sites are slowing down. Instead, they are there as a symbol... to raise awareness about a [FCC] plan that would effectively end net neutrality, the foundational Internet principle that dictates all traffic must be treated equally by service providers &mdash; whether it's from a blog, a start-up or an established Web giant such as Facebook.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The campaign is called Internet Slowdown. Find out more <a href="https://www.battleforthenet.com/sept10th/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108560269/a-new-concept-for-shape-shifting-architecture-that-responds-to-heat A New Concept for Shape-Shifting Architecture That Responds to Heat Alexander Walter 2014-09-09T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T16:28:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70717b1227877d8482d4f4c163de7fd0.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A project from three students at Barcelona&rsquo;s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya continues that exploration by looking at how physical spaces could someday morph based on various environmental inputs. The project, Translated Geometries, tackles the idea by developing a new use for Shape Memory Polymers, a composite material that can deform and return to its original state when activated by cues like heat, humidity and light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108557847/the-new-urban-cemetery The New Urban Cemetery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T13:06:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:06:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b1/b13a3fcd4fbe37c3d69983460a66194b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of the Future Cemetery is to create a place for people to connect with death. What that actually means and looks like is still in development, Troyer says, but in the first stage of the project they did everything from projections to audio installations. Now, they&rsquo;re working on developing augmented reality experiences in cemeteries&mdash;elements that are only visible with certain devices and if you know they&rsquo;re there. The idea is to allow people to add to their own cemetery experience...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108479913/first-sketchup-now-gehry-technologies-trimble-makes-another-big-acquisition First SketchUp, now Gehry Technologies - Trimble makes another big acquisition Paul Petrunia 2014-09-08T12:37:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T22:18:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/12wef84w4svw1ot5.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In what is being described as "a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry" software company Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies. The alliance will offer other architects and designers use of the technology to collaborate on projects more efficiently.</p><p>Press release:</p><p><strong>Trimble and Frank Gehry Announce Strategic Alliance to<br>Transform the Way the Construction Industry Works</strong><br><br><strong>SUNNYVALE and LOS ANGELES, Calif., Sept. 8, 2014</strong>&mdash;Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and Frank Gehry announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/266/gehry-technologies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Technologies</a>, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry&rsquo;s visionary designs while keeping cost and schedule in line for his clients.<br><br>The alliance combines deep Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108434944/the-end-of-history The End of History? Orhan Ayyüce 2014-09-08T00:14:00-04:00 >2014-09-16T10:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyhsi06w9vfgrvjb.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth. That is the presumed cause for the ending of the age of the dinosaurs, which opened the way for small mammals to proliferate, and ultimately modern humans. Today, it is humans who are the asteroid, condemning much of life to extinction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Probably one of the most prompt and tell it the way it is style of Noam Chomsky, 'where we are going account' of recent history and our as a matter of factly demise depicted. Enjoy your last milleniums.., humans!</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108102544/russia-s-shukhov-tower-is-saved-following-a-91-smartphone-vote-in-favor-of-keeping-it Russia's Shukhov Tower is saved following a 91% smartphone vote in favor of keeping it Archinect 2014-09-03T15:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T10:09:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85bxgiar6ff57n3l.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the 92-year-old structure had fallen into disrepair since it stopped transmitting TV signals in 2002. Plans to dismantle and relocate the tower were announced earlier this year, prompting Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and other architects to petition Vladimir Putin to save it. Moscow's city council has now announced that the tower will be preserved at its current site.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/108097715/are-ethanol-fireplaces-worse-than-wood-burning-ones Are Ethanol Fireplaces Worse than Wood-Burning Ones? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-03T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-09-06T19:28:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xb/xb6esfixqd20j51h.jpg" width="514" height="224" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suppliers of ethanol fireplaces are doing a brisk business with the lightweight, easy-to-install ornamental stoves with no chimney. However, caution is warranted when operating these fireplaces, because ethanol is a fuel that, together with the air, forms a highly combustible atmospheric mixture [...] [Moreover], ornamental stoves with ethanol-based firing are a source for pollutants in indoor air that are hazardous to one&rsquo;s health.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The hearth may be the psychological center of the home, but it can also blow it up or make it toxic.</p><p>On the other hand: the researchers also studied traditional, wood-burning stoves in a variety of real-life homes. They found that "emissions enter the air of the room only when the fire wood is replenished and ignited...&nbsp;As long as the stove door and the ash pan are well-sealed, there is no need to fear any compromise to human health."</p>