Archinect - News 2016-05-03T03:06:42-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute A look at the history and future of the American commute Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T17:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T17:36:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/70255630e8e155abaebe61b5999da712.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The idea that you can replace the 10 trips with one autonomous car and travel less distance, that&rsquo;s the biggest misconception," says Fagnant. "You can get rid of vehicles, but not vehicle miles traveled. Without ridesharing, there's an 8 to 10 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled based on simulations we've run in Austin. You&rsquo;re not replacing trips [..] the vehicle has to bounce between locations, and relocate to where it&rsquo;s needed. Those in-between miles will create a lot of extra travel."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149050607/more-americans-are-becoming-mega-commuters-u-s-census-stats-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs NBBJ is launching its own VR platform with the help of ex-Microsoft entrepreneurs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T12:33:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x8/x8ufquipqn8q0ja8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NBBJ and Visual Vocal will leverage current-generation VR and augmented reality (AR) systems, with a near-term focus on mobile VR platforms for optimal accessibility and scale. While a number of firms in the design industry have examined the promise of VR, this partnership marks the first instance of an established design firm incubating a VR startup inside its own offices and developing new tools to improve decision-making and remove waste from the design process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the VR-desk on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147294519/virtually-inevitable-vr-and-ar-irl-on-archinect-sessions-51" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51</a></li><li><a title="&quot;A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications</a></li><li><a title="Are virtual reality systems sexist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are virtual reality systems sexist?</a></li><li><a title="Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T12:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T13:04:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8z5qo9dyja6sil0g.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, a lobbying group with the express purpose of advocating autonomous driving. [...] "Self-driving vehicle technology will make America's roadways safer and less congested," [David Strickland, a former administrator of the NHTSA] said [...] "The best path for this innovation is to have one clear set of federal standards, and the Coalition will work with policymakers to find the right solutions that will facilitate the deployment of self-driving vehicles."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lyft has also been in talks with General Motors (which is not a part of the Self-Driving Coalition) to put out its own group of autonomous for-hire vehicles. Models for Google's vehicles include both bespoke prototypes and Lexus SUVs, and Uber is developing its own testing grounds for self-driving cars in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit</a></li><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 2019: the world's most ambitious "smart city" experiment Nicholas Korody 2016-04-26T20:55:00-04:00 >2016-04-27T13:02:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f2y6yyxcbgavlf1l.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The observation deck won&rsquo;t be finished for a few years yet. If you want to see the future of New York, walk north along the High Line, round the curve at the rail yards, and turn your back to the river. Amid the highway ramps and industrial hash of far-west Manhattan, a herd of cranes hoists I-beams into the sky. This is Hudson Yards, the largest private real-estate development in United States history and the test ground for the world&rsquo;s most ambitious experiment in &ldquo;smart city&rdquo; urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year, I reviewed Mattern's book&nbsp;Deep Mapping the Media City, in which she delves into some of the issues surrounding so-called "smart cities."&nbsp;Check out the review <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129422514/book-review-shannon-mattern-s-deep-mapping-the-media-city" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more on the implementation of surveillance and other technologies in the city, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938165/city-governments-are-learning-the-hard-way-that-there-s-no-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-cybersecurity" target="_blank">City governments are learning the hard way that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142529092/losing-yourself-in-the-smart-city" target="_blank">Losing yourself in the smart city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people" target="_blank">A city for the future but devoid of people</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127175516/will-india-s-smart-city-initiative-exacerbate-social-stratification" target="_blank">Will India's 'smart city' initiative exacerbate social stratification?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942173/china-plans-to-build-a-fleet-of-floating-nuclear-power-plants China plans to build a fleet of floating nuclear power plants Alexander Walter 2016-04-25T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-26T11:49:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vc/vczrt7kzpj14uivm.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All the radar systems, lighthouses, barracks, ports and airfields that China has set up on its newly built island chain in the South China Sea require tremendous amounts of electricity, which is hard to come by in a place hundreds of miles from the country&rsquo;s power grid. Beijing may have come up with a solution: floating nuclear power plants. A state-owned company, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, is planning to build a fleet of the vessels to provide electricity to remote locations [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130872169/new-satellite-images-show-progress-in-china-s-island-building-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New satellite images show progress in China's island-building project</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108502429/china-is-busy-building-islands-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China is busy building islands in the South China Sea</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941890/reearth-hortum-machina-b-goes-for-a-walk reEarth: Hortum machina, B goes for a walk Ellen Hancock 2016-04-22T14:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-22T17:15:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e8/e8e9fe4607818669dc941684f339570f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Harnessing the collective intelligence of plant behaviour, the reEarth project explores new forms of bio-cooperative interaction between people and nature, within the built environment. Echoing the architecture of Buckminster Fuller, the geodesic sphere, is both exoskeleton and ecological iconography. Its core of twelve garden modules, each carrying native British species on outwardly-extending linear actuators allow the structure to become mobile by shifting its centre-of-gravity.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/ec0e60a09c87190e0028aaa85dc728fa.jpg"></p><p>Find relating articles here:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142594913/science-nonfiction-bringing-emerging-technologies-into-the-uk-s-architecture-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Science Nonfiction: bringing emerging technologies into the UK's architecture education</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/148987195/innovation-with-a-heart-guto-requena-s-technological-and-emotional-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Innovation with a heart: Guto Requena's technological and emotional designs</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941622/finnish-university-receives-grant-to-explore-industrial-applications-for-hemp Finnish University receives grant to explore industrial applications for hemp Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T17:32:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pkyhmuuq4s481p30.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turku University of Applied Sciences has received a grant of 70,417 euros to see if hemp could be used more in construction projects. The research will involve investigating the soundproofing and fireproof properties of the substance. Researchers will also look at how hemp decomposes and to see how it could be used as fertilizer - in order to determine how eco-friendly hemp's waste materials are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article is careful to note that hemp has far less THC than marijuana and is therefore not a psychoactive substance (<em>obviously</em>) &ndash; but the news still feels <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_(cannabis_culture)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">topical</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Hemp has been used for centuries for ropes, oils and textiles. But marijuana criminalization efforts in the 20th centuries seriously hurt hemp's brand (among other things). Now that marijuana is beginning to become destigmatized, there's been a renewed interest in hemp and its many potential uses.</p><p>"Hemp-based concrete is already marketed with names like Hempcrete and Canosmose, and is made up of a mixture of hemp fibres, lime and other materials," the authors note. "The mixture is not as strong as conventional concrete however and is used in conjunction with extra framing support."</p><p>Here's some other 4/20-related articles from the archives:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91553/from-kfc-to-thc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From KFC to THC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/16347/pot-clinics-grow-like-weed-in-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pot Clinics Grow Like Weed in SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42789484/house-of-hemp-pushing-cannabis-as-a-construction-material" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House of hemp? Pushing cannabis as a construction material</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58690/when-in-rome-breathe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When in Rome, breathe.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941575/recreation-of-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph-presented-in-trafalgar-square Recreation of Palmyra's Arch of Triumph presented in Trafalgar Square Ellen Hancock 2016-04-20T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-20T13:23:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04fe0518572f4ffa6ba19ba78fd2b53f.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A monumental recreation of the destroyed Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria, has been unveiled in London&rsquo;s Trafalgar Square. The 1,800-year-old arch was destroyed by Islamic State militants last October and the 6-metre (20ft) model, made in Italy from Egyptian marble, is intended as an act of defiance: to show that restoration of the ancient site is possible if the will is there.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the relating topics in this article check out these links:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936860/palmyra-after-isis-a-first-look-at-the-level-of-destruction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Palmyra after ISIS: a first look at the level of destruction</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147345876/before-after-photos-of-syria-s-devastated-heritage" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Before + after photos of Syria's devastated heritage</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937197/another-grade-ii-listed-building-loses-its-protected-status-in-north-east-england" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another Grade II listed building loses its protected status in north east England</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147370049/london-s-v-a-to-host-a-robot-construction-team-this-summer" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London's V&amp;A to host a robot construction team this summer</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/us/us29olgfjinab11z.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941415/monu-24-on-domestic-urbanism-released MONU #24 ON DOMESTIC URBANISM RELEASED MAGAZINEONURBANISM 2016-04-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T19:11:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlu0hvg2no7pcjpa.jpg" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What happens in domestic interiors appears to be very relevant for our societies. Bernd Upmeyer, Editor-in-Chief, April 2016</p></em><br /><br /><p>What happens in domestic interiors appears to be very relevant for our societies. At least, that is what <em><strong>Andr&eacute;s Jaque</strong></em> argues in our interview entitled <strong>"The Home as Political Arena"</strong> for this new issue of <strong>MONU</strong>. This issue, <strong>"Domestic Urbanism"</strong>, deals with the domestic aspects of cities, and everything that is related to the human home and habitat, the scale of the house, people's own universe, things that are usually hidden and private. According to <em><strong>Jaque</strong></em>, a great number of the processes by which our societies are shaped take place in domestic interiors, the domestic realm, and in relation to very domestic elements such as the table setting, the Christmas tree, or the TV remote control. <em><strong>Justinien Tribillon</strong></em> - in his contribution <strong>"The Fridge, the City and the Critique of Everyday Life: a Tale of Domestic Urbanism"</strong> - describes, for example, to what extent a domestic element such as the refrigerator has changed radically the way we consume the city. Because the domestic infiltrates the urb...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T13:40:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/by/bybvfvkne1qmfj3n.jpg" width="514" height="448" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the city's council&nbsp;voted unanimously to create a program to "develop autonomous vehicles as public transportation." The council's vision is for self-driving vehicles to provide "on-demand, point-to-point transportation," with citizens "requesting a ride using their smartphone." The shuttles wouldn't replace public transportation, but augment it [...] Phase one of the city council's program includes reaching out to companies like Tesla and Google to explore "potential partnerships."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Beverly Hills isn't the only city considering adding on-demand driverless vehicles to its transportation offerings &ndash; but given its small size, affluence, and well-maintained road infrastructure, it could be a prime zone for testing municipal adoption of autonomous vehicles.</p><p>As an on-demand public transit option, driverless vehicles could also be based on a different fare structure than the surrounding region's bus and train options, which use a fixed rate-per-ride fare, regardless of how far the trip. Theoretically, passenger rates for driverless car transit could be more directly proportional to the length of the trip, as they are for Uber and Lyft currently (although without the surge pricing).</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hit...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938504/how-alucobond-acm-continues-to-be-on-the-forefront-of-meeting-strict-fire-and-building-code-standards How Alucobond ACM Continues To Be On The Forefront Of Meeting Strict Fire And Building Code Standards Sponsor 2016-04-18T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-19T12:28:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfbymrr4l34qgxru.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectApril2016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a></strong><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.alucobondusa.com/?utm_source=archinectApril2016&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=plus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alucobond&reg;</a> aluminum composite material (ACM) has been used for exterior cladding products in the North American building construction market for over forty years. Throughout these years, we have continued to be on the forefront of all fire and building code developments.</p><p>Not all Aluminum Composite Materials (ACM) are created equal. Making the correct choice can be a complex process. At Alucobond&reg;, it is critical that the ACM is tested, third-party inspected on a regular basis, and labeled as required by the building code in order to meet the necessary and expected fire performance critical for evacuation and life safety in high-rise structures.</p><p>When an architect, designer, or engineer indicates a project design basis as the International Building Code (IBC), the ACM is regulated within the code by the Metals Composite Materials Section 1407. This division has performance criteria that may require the use of a fire retardant core due to the pro...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940897/the-scientists-trying-to-assist-evolution-and-breed-super-coral The scientists trying to assist evolution and breed "super-coral" Nicholas Korody 2016-04-15T12:47:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T13:05:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2j/2jf77tqghizlgmpt.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A lot of people want to go back to something,&rdquo; [said Ruth Gates]. &ldquo;They think, If we just stop doing things, maybe the reef will come back to what it was. [...] Our project is acknowledging that a future is coming where nature is no longer fully natural.&rdquo; [...] The power of selective breeding is all around us. Dogs, cats, cows, chickens, pigs [...] But the super-coral project pushes into new territory. Already there&rsquo;s a term for this sort of effort: assisted evolution.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;'I</em><em>n the food supply, in our pets, you name it&mdash;everywhere you turn, selectively bred stuff appears,' Gates observed. 'For some reason, in the framework of conservation&mdash;or an ecosystem that would be preserved by conservation&mdash;it seems like a radical idea. But it&rsquo;s not like we&rsquo;ve invented something new. It&rsquo;s hilarious, really, when you think about it.'&rdquo;</em></p><p>As the world heats up, seas begin to rise, and farmland goes dry, our inherited ideas of "nature" are put under pressure. Here's some Archinect-exclusive features on unnatural nature and other aspects of life in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112035318/archinect-s-lexicon-anthropocene" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Anthropocene</a>:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149934079/timothy-morton-on-haunted-architecture-dark-ecology-and-other-objects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timothy Morton on haunted architecture, dark ecology, and other objects</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/109656462/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Part 1</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114117296/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-2-haunted-houses-living-buildings-and-other-horror-stories" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 2: Haunted Houses, Living Buildings, and Other Horror Stories</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/126783591/architecture-of-the-anthropocene-pt-3-getting-lost-in-the-ozone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of the Anthropocene, Pt. 3: Getting Lost in the Ozone</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142453636/ways-of-seeing-in-the-anthropocene-review-of-the-geological-imagination-and-the-underdome-guide-to-energy-reform" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ways of Seeing in the Anthropocene: Review of "The Geological Imagination" and "The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/125765734/between-sampling-and-dowsing-field-notes-from-grnasfck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between Sampling and Do...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940697/is-apple-s-campus-design-about-making-the-corporation-your-entire-life Is Apple's campus design about making the corporation your entire life? Julia Ingalls 2016-04-14T13:04:00-04:00 >2016-04-17T19:45:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s1qo417i0eof4hjh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Apple finishes its new $5 billion headquarters in Cupertino, California, the technorati will ooh and ahh over its otherworldly architecture, and Apple will pat itself on the back for yet another example of "innovation." ...But few are aware that Apple&rsquo;s monumental project is already outdated, mimicking a half-century of stagnant suburban corporate campuses that isolated themselves&mdash;by design&mdash;from the communities their products were supposed to impact.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This fascinating article delves into the soul-sucking thinking behind isolated corporate behemoth design, which essentially captures the employee for the entire day and encourages a detached, "Who cares; I've got mine!" thinking towards maintaining urban infrastructure. Consider this:</p><p><em>Connecticut General&rsquo;s new corporate estate included snack bars, ping-pong tables, shuffleboards, bowling alleys, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a barbershop, beauty parlor, game room, media library, meditation room, and gas station, as well as offsite services like dry-cleaning, shoe repair, flowers, and grocery delivery&mdash;more than half a century before Google and Facebook added such benefits. "All these perks had a certain element of welfare capitalism," Mozingo says, "this idea that the all-inclusive physical environment is going to foster certain kinds of behavior, which are profitable for the company."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7m/7m7bia7p1pfzyqfd.jpg"></p><p>This thinking extended into the employee's need for a car:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Even the shift to personal vehicles rathe...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940504/airbnb-invests-in-a-blockchain-future Airbnb invests in a blockchain future Nicholas Korody 2016-04-13T15:02:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T07:19:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/11/11kif18ysh26tfcn.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Home-rental company Airbnb has &ldquo;acqui-hired&rdquo; the majority of the team behind ChangeCoin, a startup that runs a bitcoin-based micropayments service, according to four people with knowledge of the deal. The alternative lodging site has been looking at a few bitcoin and blockchain startups, according to two sources, to study what the technology could do for its services.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have you heard of bitcoin but still can't get your head around the technology behind them?</p><p>Last fall, I sat down with FOAM, a "decentralized architecture office" that believes the blockchain may revolutionize architecture (and so much more). The interview frames a handy introduction to the technology, with particular attention to its spatial implications. Check it out <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142920059/towards-a-decentralized-architecture-with-foam-the-blockchain" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>For more on Airbnb, take a look at some of these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935787/you-may-have-airbnb-to-thank-for-that-low-hotel-rate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You may have Airbnb to thank for that low hotel rate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148424326/airbnb-intentionally-misconstrued-data-to-garner-good-press-according-to-new-report" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb intentionally misconstrued data to "garner good press", according to new report</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139818956/airbnb-draws-ire-with-passive-aggressive-ads" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbnb draws ire with passive-aggressive ads</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138800384/ikea-and-airbnb-a-match-made-in-globalized-heaven" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ikea and Airbnb: a match made in globalized heaven?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940475/is-tesla-having-its-iphone-moment-with-the-launch-of-the-model-3 Is Tesla having its "iPhone moment" with the launch of the Model 3? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-13T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-04-13T12:50:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/uecl31wwjjte259h.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On March 31, [Elon Musk's] Tesla Motors unveiled its long-promised Model 3, a $35,000 electric car that will go 215 miles per charge. The market response suggests to some the potential as a category killer, not just in electric vehicles, but mainstream cars in general: in the week since, more than 325,000 Model 3s have been pre-ordered by people putting down $1,000 per reservation, the company said April 7. Even deep Tesla skeptics call this demand unprecedented.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the auto industry and car culture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936153/lake-flato-architects-splits-reservation-cost-for-tesla-model-3-with-employees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees</a></li><li><a title="Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li><li><a title="Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934230/hyperloop-announces-plans-for-first-european-routes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop announces plans for first European routes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149940377/radical-well-somewhat-but-mostly-technological-solutions-to-the-housing-crisis Radical (well somewhat but mostly technological) solutions to the housing crisis Nam Henderson 2016-04-13T00:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-14T08:12:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3dxiu0tetc7u4ofh.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We need to think of technology-enabled furniture as a platform for integrating other technology because in a small apartment it is not practical to put in conventional systems...I don't believe in smart homes, I believe in dumb homes that you put smart things into. If smartness is embedded in the walls then your home becomes obsolete in five years time</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jane Wakefield talks with folks behind various efforts to lower the cost of homes including; WikiHouse, CityHome and the Brazilian tiny apartment construction firm, Vitacon.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars? Alexander Walter 2016-04-07T19:51:00-04:00 >2016-04-16T10:09:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jy/jyukdszdbxi3i53q.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Everything from sidewalks and curbs to streets, building designs, urban layouts, and living patterns will change as computers take the wheel. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re looking at the broader urban effects&mdash;and urban opportunities&mdash;of this technology,&rdquo; says Illinois Tech architect Marshall Brown, one of the team members in the Chicago school&rsquo;s Driverless Cities Project. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s in the news a lot, but nobody&rsquo;s been discussing what it will actually do to cities.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938957/preserving-central-asia-s-ancient-architecture-through-code Preserving Central Asia's ancient architecture through code Justine Testado 2016-04-07T13:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-15T03:48:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j7/j7mdib0oy5xkad4e.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not enough to just catalogue these [structures] in photos and videos, it is our aim to break down the logic of these patterns, and recreate them in code in order to make them more accessible and possibly allowing them to find new life in contemporary applications. By building an open source library, accessible to architects, artists, mathematicians, and software engineers, we can carry these patterns and traditions forward for future generations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Lauren Connell (architect at BIG), Alexis Burson (associate at Pei Cobb Freed &amp; Partners), and Baris Yuksel (Google senior engineer) share their architectural and computer engineering perspectives on Project Agama. The&nbsp;collaboration aims to document and digitally preserve the intricate geometric patterns and tilework of ancient Central Asian architecture by converting the patterns to code, which will eventually become a accessible resource for architects to potentially apply in new applications.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115729424/khamenei-s-fight-against-un-islamic-architecture-in-iran" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Khamenei's fight against "un-Islamic" architecture in Iran</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145737366/meet-hossein-amanat-the-architect-who-designed-iran-s-most-famous-monument" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet Hossein Amanat, the architect who designed Iran's most famous monument</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125817966/the-young-woman-who-designed-tehran-s-new-popular-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The young woman who designed Tehran's new popular bridge</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103716754/the-architecture-of-al-medina-al-munawwarah" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of al-Medina Al-Munawwarah</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-06T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:31:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bb/bb3fb135f3522c585e17b0fe3dd135c9.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[nuTonomy's] Level 4 autonomous vehicle "is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip;" all you have to do is provide a destination and (possibly) open and shut the doors. Google's autonomous cars, in contrast, are currently at Level 3, with limited self-driving automation [...] [nuTonomy] is building into [its] decision-making engine the ability for cars to actually violate the rules of the road when it's necessary to do so</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the autonomous vehicle beat:</p><ul><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937226/this-startup-hopes-to-bring-autonomous-campus-shuttles-to-colleges-by-2017" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></li><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T12:49:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:22:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zq/zqecbknj7qxfek06.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Information notes that building a city could allow Sidewalk Labs to &ldquo;rethink government, social policy, and data-driven management.&rdquo; [CEO Dan] Doctoroff explained that &ldquo;thinking about a city from the Internet up is really compelling,&rdquo; while also noting that &ldquo;cities are hard. You have people with vested interest, politics, physical space&hellip;But the technology ultimately cannot be stopped.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs joins the rarefied stable of companies potentially looking to expand from an initial service (in this case, improved WiFi access and traffic flow in cities) into a fully-fledged social experimentation machine. Will they build 21st century company towns or create a genuinely new, technology-based approach to living?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rf/rffzsyjf6qcir55f.jpg"></p><p>Here's a round-up of other mass-scale experimental projects:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935208/can-wework-re-engineer-the-spatial-dynamics-of-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can WeWork re-engineer the spatial dynamics of society?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149513997/foster-partners-unveils-future-refuelling-network-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners unveils future refuelling network design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938451/new-nevada-solar-plant-can-store-heat-from-the-sun-for-up-to-10-hours-with-molten-salt New Nevada solar plant can store heat from the sun for up to 10 hours – with molten salt Alexander Walter 2016-04-05T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-04-05T22:38:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/deb73dd77c1db2a102001f8b73967255.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Renewable energy like solar and wind is booming across the country as the costs of production have come down. But the sun doesn't always shine, and the wind doesn't blow when we need it to. [...] A company called SolarReserve may have found a solution: It built a large solar plant in the Nevada desert that can store heat from the sun and generate electricity for up to 10 hours even after sundown.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934787/denver-selected-to-host-the-2017-solar-decathlon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver selected to host the 2017 Solar Decathlon</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149606391/how-this-new-gigafactory-may-popularize-residential-solar-power-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How this new gigafactory may popularize residential solar power technology</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938317/nasa-to-start-testing-inflatable-space-house-concept NASA to start testing inflatable "space house" concept Justine Testado 2016-04-04T20:11:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:17:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60xpbvaxqcgcb3wa.jpg" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NASA is hoping a new expandable habitat might one day give astronauts a little more alone time. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will be ferried to the ISS later this spring for a series of tests expected to last several years...experiments will help determine the viability of expandable habitats, which weigh less and occupy less space on a rocket, as laboratories and living quarters for future deep-space missions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145205940/how-to-turn-martian-soil-into-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How to turn Martian soil into concrete</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mars Ice House envisions the day Earthlings can live with ease atop the Martian surface</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135044746/newly-patented-space-elevator-could-take-astronauts-12-miles-up-into-the-stratosphere" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Newly patented space elevator could take astronauts 12 miles up into the stratosphere</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17 The "Impossible" Car – Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-04T18:17:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:14:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c72tg00ixt5faim2.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Richard Kim is a pretty busy guy &ndash; as the head designer at emerging electric vehicle company,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/148900430/faraday-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faraday Future</a>, Kim is tasked with creating the company's very first EV for production, destined to compete with Tesla and, as he sees it, the airline industry. No public design is available yet, but Kim hopes to do the "impossible" and ready the car for production in 2017. We found some time in his tight schedule to discuss his role at Faraday Future and what's in store for car ownership and operation in the coming years, as automation and electric battery capabilities open up new paradigms for the humble automobile.</p><p>Listen to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/670405/one-to-one" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One-to-One</a> #17 with <strong>Richard Kim</strong>&nbsp;of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/148900430/faraday-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Faraday Future</strong></a>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/neil-denari/id1057340260?i=356797877" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscribe to the new&nbsp;"Archinect Sessions One-to-One" podcast</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="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://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://onetoone.libsyn.com/rss</a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/onetoone/One_to_One_Episode_17__Richard_Kim.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938165/city-governments-are-learning-the-hard-way-that-there-s-no-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-cybersecurity City governments are learning the hard way that there's no one-size-fits-all approach to cybersecurity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-04T13:09:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:07:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3w/3wi638n3xd6wyb9y.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Among the toughest cybersecurity challenges cities face are recruiting a skilled workforce, increasing education and training for employees on cyberthreats, and taking steps to ensure utility companies and service providers are protecting public water and electrical systems. [...] Cybersecurity experts say large cities are competing with private companies to recruit and retain skilled workers. Smaller cities, particularly in rural areas, often lack staffing and funds for cybersecurity</p></em><br /><br /><p>More cybersecurity and hacker news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hack The City" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142516207/hack-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hack The City</a></li><li><a title="France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142821980/france-moves-to-block-tor-ban-free-and-public-wi-fi" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi</a></li><li><a title="Architecture of paranoia" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125922478/architecture-of-paranoia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture of paranoia</a></li><li><a title="Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack</a></li><li><a title="When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78289196/when-smart-homes-get-hacked-i-haunted-a-complete-stranger-s-house-via-the-internet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet</a></li><li><a title="The New French Hacker-Artist Underground" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/36693009/the-new-french-hacker-artist-underground" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The New French Hacker-Artist Underground</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper Here comes the "dronescraper" Julia Ingalls 2016-03-31T15:23:00-04:00 >2016-03-31T18:17:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/u1/u1xjakdkp9gtti13.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A drone skyscraper has been proposed by designers Hadeel Ayed Mohammed, Yifeng Zhao and Chengda Zhu that acts as a central control terminal for drones to dock and recharge, situated in the heart of Manhattan. The &lsquo;dronescraper&rsquo;, dubbed &lsquo;the hive&rsquo; has been proposed as an alternative to Rafael Vinoy&rsquo;s 432 Park Avenue superstructure, which is set to become the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nq/nq0xhcsx73f52irf.jpg"></p><p>The skyscraper has been undergoing some significant design reconceptualizations lately. Here's a round-up of the most interesting takes:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149580668/a-closer-look-at-big-s-west-57th-street-courtscraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A closer look at BIG's West 57th Street "courtscraper"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/123295837/screen-print-30-soiled-s-cloudscrapers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #30: SOILED's "Cloudscrapers"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648126/a-bamboo-skyscraper-fosters-public-life" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A bamboo skyscraper fosters public life</a></li></ul><p>&#8203;<img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p4/p4lqdtiv07c97r2j.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-30T17:04:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T20:37:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/51x0v119i2xll6ih.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Civil rights lawyers say the new service being touted by local entrepreneurs, Chariot for Women, would probably conflict with Massachusetts&rsquo; antidiscrimination laws. [...] safety of female passengers has dogged Uber and Lyft Inc. and regulators around the country are debating new requirements for ride-hailing services that include [a] background check [...] SheTaxis, or SheRides, faced questions from regulators in 2014 when it launched an app that connects female passengers with women drivers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the technology and ethics of ride-sharing:</p><ul><li><a title="Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132024752/uber-faces-suspension-and-7-3m-fine-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California</a></li><li><a title="Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that)</a></li><li><a title="Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136362341/mass-transit-may-benefit-expansion-of-uber-and-other-for-hire-car-services" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mass transit may benefit expansion of Uber and other for-hire car services</a></li><li><a title="Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131434851/parisian-exports-and-silicon-valley-imports-on-episode-37-of-archinect-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parisian Exports and Silicon Valley Imports on Episode #37 of Archinect Sessions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149937226/this-startup-hopes-to-bring-autonomous-campus-shuttles-to-colleges-by-2017 This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017 Justine Testado 2016-03-30T13:34:00-04:00 >2016-03-30T13:41:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i2cmupnfimhna39f.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since summer 2015, [Alex] Rodrigues and his team [at Varden Labs] have been tinkering with autonomous golf carts on university campuses...On the one hand, campus transit agencies, and particularly university ones, are uniquely posed to experiment with pricier autonomous vehicles...But these shuttles will also need maintenance...Plus, driverless shuttles will be the diving bell for a tricky, tricky question: how important are bus drivers?</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936040/visually-stunning-integrated-led-metal-mesh-transforms-facades Visually Stunning Integrated LED Metal Mesh Transforms Facades Sponsor 2016-03-28T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:50:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uu/uuycu74gdszb2wo1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.gkdmediamesh.com/?utm_source=archinectMAR282016&amp;utm_medium=editorial&amp;utm_campaign=EditorialLink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">GKD Mediamesh&reg;</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><a href="http://www.gkdmediamesh.com/?utm_source=archinectMAR282016&amp;utm_medium=editorial&amp;utm_campaign=EditorialLink" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>GKD Mediamesh&reg;</strong></a> is a woven stainless steel fabric with integrated LEDs that is used to create a transparent digital display.&nbsp;This unique product is the perfect solution when a digital display is needed on a fa&ccedil;ade, yet the view through windows needs to be maintained or air flow is required.&nbsp;Mediamesh&reg; evolved from an architectural mesh product woven by GKD.&nbsp;GKD is a German-based Company who began as a weaver of industrial wire cloth in the 1920&rsquo;s.&nbsp;These products were used in all types of industrial applications from filtration to aggregate screening to conveying.&nbsp;In the early 1990&rsquo;s, architects began to look at these metal products and think about their potential uses in architecture.&nbsp;This is how architectural mesh was born.</p><p>As beautiful as architectural mesh is, customers still wanted more. They wanted to be able to have images, text, and video on these facades.&nbsp;Ag4 Mediatecture Company in Germany understood this and came up with the ide...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936498/jobs-are-for-machines-and-life-is-for-people Jobs are for machines, and life is for people. Paul Petrunia 2016-03-25T11:44:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T10:47:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ue/ue1tctpt8wzaxgai.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These exponential advances, most notably in forms of artificial intelligence, will prove daunting for as long as we continue to insist upon employment as our primary source of income. The White House, in a stunning report to Congress this week, put the probability at 83 percent that a worker making less than $20 an hour in 2010 will eventually lose his job to a machine. Even workers making as much as $40 an hour face odds of 31 percent.</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/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves The scientists trying to harness the power of waves Nicholas Korody 2016-03-24T19:09:00-04:00 >2016-03-24T19:09:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7l/7lhjqyx1l50y9c40.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For four decades, the problem of how to create an economically viable business producing power from waves has fascinated a specialized group of engineers, many of whom are concentrated around the sea-beaten coast of Scotland. Inventors have created all sorts of strange and wonderful devices to coax energy out of the water; investors have poured millions of pounds into the effort.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The problem is arguably one of the most perplexing in energy production. And maybe, just maybe, the answer is getting closer."</em></p><p>Interested in other articles on the renewable energy? Take a look at these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936222/a-river-of-solar-power-a-scheme-for-the-tijuana-river" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A river of solar power: a scheme for the Tijuana river</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138417575/werner-sobek-believes-we-could-live-in-entirely-renewable-energy-powered-cities-by-2020" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Werner Sobek believes we could live in entirely renewable-energy-powered cities by 2020</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137353975/major-international-companies-to-set-targets-to-switch-to-renewable-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Major international companies to set targets to switch to renewable energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124996166/vancouver-is-the-latest-city-to-announce-100-green-energy-goals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vancouver is the latest city to announce 100% green energy goals</a></li></ul>