Archinect - News 2014-08-22T07:49:37-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107052810/gentrification-of-burning-man Gentrification of Burning Man Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-21T00:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-22T02:57:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kh/khec2bb57cu03lxh.jpg" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,&rdquo; said Brian Doherty, author of the book &ldquo;This Is Burning Man.&rdquo; &ldquo;It does have this feeling that, &lsquo;Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s gentrifying.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&amp;aq=t&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;rls=SUNA,SUNA:2006-47,SUNA:en&amp;q=burning+man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google search</a>&nbsp;but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from <a href="http://elseplace.blogspot.com/2008/08/burning-man-new-religion.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man, a new religion?</a>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107023856/traffic-lights-are-easy-to-hack Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T18:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T18:26:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wz/wzncucigwb0avhjm.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper published this month, the researchers describe how they very simply and very quickly seized control of an entire system of almost 100 intersections in an unnamed Michigan city from a single ingress point. The exercise was conducted on actual stoplights deployed at live intersections [...] As is typical in large urban areas, the traffic lights in the subject city are networked ... allowing them to pass information to and receive instruction from a central management point.</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/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</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/107016621/rockaway-pipeline-stirs-controversy Rockaway Pipeline Stirs Controversy Nicholas Korody 2014-08-20T14:09:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:09:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s8/s8yw6ph8cfz0eht7.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new pipeline called the Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is under construction in the Rockaways. It will deliver 647,000 dekatherms of natural gas to New York City each day &mdash; enough to power 2.5 million homes. Activists ... say the project is inherently dangerous and is just the latest sign of a broken approval and monitoring process for the United States&rsquo; energy infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Concerned activists and locals may have good reason to be worried. Prior pipeline accidents, such as the 2010 San Bruno explosion, have caused extensive damage and even deaths. The Al Jazeera article notes that "since 1986, there have been about 8,000 significant pipeline incidents in the United States, which have resulted in over 500 deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and billions of dollars in damage." Additionally, <a href="http://co.williams.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williams</a>, the company contracted to build the pipeline, is already subject to a federal probe after a string of incidents at other pipelines. Designed to stretch beneath popular beaches, the Rockaway pipeline would be particularly vulnerable, some argue, pointing to the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy.</p><p>Incidentally, the pipeline would run beneath Fort Tilden, currently the host of MoMA PS1's "Rockaway!," a public arts exhibition. In an already abandoned structure in the dunes, Patti Smith set up a gilded four-post bed that is exposed to the weather. As the summer st...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106961208/editor-s-picks-381 Editor's Picks #381 Nam Henderson 2014-08-19T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5lff5ykdnxgxtpnj.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106114990/shitting-architecture-the-dirty-practice-of-waste-removal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shitting Architecture: the dirty practice of waste removal</a>.&nbsp;Therein drawing lessons; from Slavoj Zizek on the toilet and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Morton" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Timothy Morton</a> (of Object-Oriented Ontology [OOO]) on sustainability as the preservation of the status quo, he argues that "<em>Under the weight of the ecological crisis, the world has been flattened. There is no exit</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d0/d0fcle6sz9qdc5cu.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;In response, <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a>&nbsp;offered up an image of the sublimely absurd, "<em>I am always baffled by big houses that are marketed with +5.5 bathrooms (very common in wealthy neighborhoods) and so on. And of course these host extremely hi end living styles. It is kind of funny to think all these people do all day is shit and shit and shit everywhere in the house</em>".</p><p><br>For the latest edition of <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/1149/working-out-of-the-box" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>: Archinect featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai, of </a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Francis-Tsai-Illustration-and-Concept-Design/367692304491?ref_type=bookmark" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai Illustration and Concept Design</a>,&nbsp;who received a Master's degree in 1993 from <a href="http://archinect.com/utsoa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas in Austin</a>.</p><p><strong>Xenaxis</strong>&nbsp;"<em>worked with Francis Tsai at Rockstar games and he was one of t...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106941067/self-driving-trucks-may-hit-uk-roads-next-year-truckers-included Self-driving trucks may hit UK roads next year (truckers included) Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-19T13:33:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9fdb5c03ccbafe3eb6d58a843f8439e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fleets of self-driving lorries could be tested on UK roads as soon as next year, according to reports. [...] The initiative would cut fuel consumption, backers said. However, the plan has been criticised by motoring groups which said such a fleet would be "intimidating" to other road users.</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/106877575/streetcars-and-urban-renewal Streetcars and Urban Renewal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T18:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-20T14:01:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qiz9nf5ppnqujjdj.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most American cities paved over their streetcar tracks decades ago, deeming the services slow, rickety and inconvenient. Commuters have long preferred cars and buses. But streetcars&mdash;sometimes known as trolleys or trams&mdash;are making a comeback. Services are rolling out in at least 16 American cities, with dozens more in the works [...] The relationship between streetcars and development is not clear, say researchers funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).</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/106649647/flying-robots-monitoring-failing-infrastructure Flying Robots Monitoring Failing Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-08-15T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time.</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/106628737/samsung-acquires-smartthings-a-fast-growing-home-automation-startup Samsung Acquires SmartThings, A Fast-Growing Home Automation Startup Archinect 2014-08-15T12:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T12:12:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az089khkokx33ain.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Samsung is making a big push into being the center of the smart home today with its acquisition of SmartThings, which allows people to sync up their connected gadgets onto a single smartphone app and hardware hub.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Looks like Samsung is trying to catch up with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100942009/apple-s-homekit-turns-the-iphone-into-a-remote-for-your-smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's upcoming HomeKit</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky New Google Satellites Could Be Able to See Your Face from the Sky Nicholas Korody 2014-08-14T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:09:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3jxl76otuq8o7it.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution&mdash;twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm [...] The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see &ldquo;manholes and mailboxes&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>DigitalGlobe launched the first commercial satellite yesterday. Google, Microsoft, and several US government agencies are customers of DigitalGlobe. Such sharp images would be able to make out human faces, which, coupled with facial recognition software, could start to sound like a sci-fi dystopia. But it also would have interesting implications for both daily life and architecture, providing a startling degree of visibility across distances.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:47:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/79/79c17a365df2e99ce1b7279dbf699931.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ridescout, the &ldquo;Kayak of ground transportation&rdquo; that aggregates over 300 rideshare services, announced today that it will integrate carpooling into its app. This move comes on the heels of recent announcements from Uber and Lyft, which on the same day earlier this month revealed they would gradually begin to allow their users to carpool. While ridesharing has up to this point been a mostly single-user service, Ridescout&rsquo;s announcement reinforces a general trend toward multi-user integration.</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/106402301/la-s-aging-infrastructure-will-cost-the-city-billions LA's Aging Infrastructure Will Cost the City Billions Nicholas Korody 2014-08-12T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-15T00:17:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vj/vjend77nyverlxt8.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can&rsquo;t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds [Los Angeles] together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff could cost $4 billion [...] The bill for repaving streets will be almost that much, according to estimates from a city consultant, and patching or replacing cracked sidewalks will require $640 million.</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/106347674/more-details-on-microalgae-fa-ade-solarleaf-a-zumtobel-group-award-2014-nominee More details on microalgae façade “SolarLeaf”, a Zumtobel Group Award 2014 nominee Justine Testado 2014-08-11T20:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T13:15:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wb/wbuec8cv6jqwzrqu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"SolarLeaf" has been described as the world's first bioreactive fa&ccedil;ade that can help further research into algae as a potential renewable energy source. Designed by ARUP, SSC Strategic Science Consult, and Colt International, the fa&ccedil;ade was recently selected as one of 15 nominees for the prestigious Zumtobel Group Award 2014 in the award program's newest category, "Applied Innovations".</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/he/hek6x65bfnejkab2.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qj/qj9ro7c0z6ffuhjh.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/cli65tah8a0qcuu8.jpg"></p><p>More project details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/more_details_on_microalgae_facade_solarleaf_a_zumtobel_group_award_2014_nom/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98218917/the-urban-algae-canopy-shows-the-power-of-algaetecture-for-milan-expo-2015" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Urban Algae Canopy shows the power of "algaetecture" for Milan Expo 2015</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106106961/self-folding-robot-based-on-origami Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami Justine Testado 2014-08-08T17:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkh9evbfl64n56wp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While still experimental, engineering techniques drawn from origami promise the development of pop-up devices that could assemble themselves from flat, composite materials cheaply and efficiently, the [Harvard and MIT] researchers said. Potential applications range from self-assembling satellites to shape-shifting robots that could be used in search-and-rescue missions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Researchers at Harvard University and MIT have engineered a self-assembling paper robot inspired by the Japanese paper-folding artform origami. Since the journal <em>Science</em> published the report yesterday, the bots have been widely described as the "world's first Transformer."</p><p>On that note, paper bots...roll out!<br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T12:52:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3b/3b3de66e42849c50f14863a6c9e624a0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SketchFactor ... is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative "sketchiness" of certain areas in major cities. [...] The founders are also bracing for potential complications from an app that asks anonymous users to judge a neighborhood's sketchiness. After all, fear can be subjective. And the site could be vulnerable to criticisms regarding the degree to which race is used to profile a neighborhood.</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/106094912/how-a-blind-architect-reframes-design How a Blind Architect Reframes Design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-08T14:11:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T22:34:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c322ea8f17f3d2bbd91f5af047842c8e.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Downey needed something tactile to work with, and he found it in a kids' toy. Spread out before him on the table are stacks of embossed plans ... marked up with brightly colored wax sticks. [...] The sticks warm to the touch and bend easily; they can make precise angles, and&mdash;crucially for Downey&mdash;their tackiness makes them stick to paper. "Once I realized that, I thought, 'Oh, I could use that to draw on top of an embossed drawing.'" Suddenly, he had a way not just to read, but to make.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously, the <em>LA Times</em>&nbsp;profiled Downey and his firm:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959072/blind-architect-sports-an-upbeat-vision" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blind architect sports an upbeat vision</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094906/how-video-games-have-the-power-to-change-real-lives How video games have the power to change real lives Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:39:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e824aabdeb98deb13c1eb009f81c429.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the intricate fantasy environments imagined for games like GTA V may well prove more useful than they seem. Now the technologies and tools developed by this multibillion dollar entertainment industry are making changes in the real world. John Isaacs, a lecturer in computing at the University of Abertay, is one of those exploring the possibilities of game engines. In 2011, he developed an urban mapping application for his PhD project.</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/106094093/zipper-fastened-kaleidoscopic-architecture Zipper-fastened kaleidoscopic architecture Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T13:38:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73a3da8515021e2d817626a412902eca.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The installation you see above is a project by Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki called "Wink," their entry into Kobe Biennial's Art Container Contest. The kaleidoscope concept uses mirrors (in keeping with Sir David Brewster's classic), but is also held together by zippers. Shirane and Miyazaki claim this makes it the first "architecture" based on zippers; proving you can create an adaptable, reconfigurable space using the same tech found in your pants.</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/106092479/hackers-present-threat-to-internet-of-things Hackers Present Threat to Internet of Things Nicholas Korody 2014-08-08T13:16:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:40:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/trzrjlzulcun20k3.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A hacker with a smartphone can unlock your front door [...] Criminals and intelligence agencies grab data from your home thermostat to plan robberies or track your movements. According to computer-security researchers, this is the troubling future of the Internet of Things, the term for an all-connected world where appliances like thermostats, health-tracking wristbands, smart cars and medical devices communicate with people and each other through the Internet.</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/106013700/does-your-house-need-a-robot-babysitter Does your house need a robot babysitter? Archinect 2014-08-07T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aed71c817e348f9fbd087f343e642faa.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While security is seen as the obvious initial use for Jr., Roambotics has broader plans for the future. Telepresence is one, but the self-directed robot could also be used to spontaneously document social gatherings, or to keep an eye on sick or elderly relatives. There's also the possibility of using Jr. as a 3D mapping system, effectively turning it into a Google Project Tango camera on wheels.</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/105940560/mysterious-google-barge-destined-for-the-scrap-yard Mysterious Google barge destined for the scrap yard Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T14:03:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d1fbf33ae648dbfaeca53cd48317052.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There&rsquo;s no smooth sailing for at least one of Google&rsquo;s mysterious barges. Parts of the $4 million boat, located in Portland, Maine, are being sold for scrap, a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Fortune. Google&rsquo;s three barges sparked a media storm of inquiries when they first appeared in 2013, raising questions about their purpose. Were they floating data centers? A secret lab to design and launch Google&rsquo;s next stunning project?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85995300/google-s-barge-explanation-bilge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's barge explanation: Bilge?</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85295792/san-francisco-s-bay-barge-mystery-floating-data-center-or-google-glass-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Francisco's bay barge mystery: Floating data center or Google Glass store?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/105939750/uberpool-you-can-now-carpool-and-split-fares-with-uber UberPool: you can now carpool and split fares with Uber Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-06T13:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-06T18:41:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97ada1b6904a5c6be7cd8771db13f181.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today, Uber is announcing UberPool, a new feature that will let&nbsp;you pick up other riders on the way to your destination and split the bill. While the feature should do a lot to cut costs for passengers, not everyone will want to ride with a stranger in addition to the driver picking them up; Uber notes that the new feature also serves as a kind of &ldquo;social experiment.&rdquo; [...] Starting August 15 a public beta will launch in the San Francisco Bay Area.</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/105865778/stash-digital-treasure-at-physical-locations-with-traces-app Stash digital treasure at physical locations with Traces app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-05T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18ovskbrjft0u3aj.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Traces] helps users bridge the disconnect between their real and digital worlds, in order to tackle anxiety caused by our online lives. Traces is a part messenger, part surprise-gifting service that lets users leave digital messages at physical locations for their friends to pick up with their smartphones when they are at those locations. [...] The sender can construct a digital gift using any combination of text, images, video, tickets and vouchers.</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/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-05T13:18:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:55:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5p/5pp2gtxg24bhrkp1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In just a few minutes I was hooked. . . The photos and video were stunning. By assuming unusual vantage points, the drone allowed me to &ldquo;see&rdquo; so much more of my surroundings than usual. [The view] would have otherwise been impossible without the use of a private plane, helicopter, or balloon. With any of those vehicles, I would have needed a telephoto lens, and all of them would have made an unacceptable commotion on the beach. What&rsquo;s more, I would not have been in the photos!</p></em><br /><br /><p>Purveyor of all things "Good", Martha Stewart has added her two color-coded cents to the debate on drones in a nearly <a href="http://time.com/3053003/martha-stewart-drone/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gleeful op-ed for <em>TIME</em> magazine</a>. Titled "Why I Love My Drone", Stewart gushes about her new "useful tool" and marvels at how large-scale planning projects like Chateau de Versailles and the Great Wall of China were accomplished without such imaging technology. Seeing aerial views of her private farm, she's tickled by its resemblance to her Peter Rabbit-themed Easter cakes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c651d1ng807e3x0t.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlcap1midkpvkhg3.jpg"></p><p>Stewart's approach to drone photography is craftily optimistic, and while she recognizes the grave implications of militarized drone technology, she's not going to wrinkle her dinner napkin wringing her hands over it. But Stewart's adoption of the drone is a strong sign of the technology's mainstream commercial appeal. <a href="http://www.joaomorgado.com/eng/aerial-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Professional photographers</a>, filmmakers, <a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/pro/drone-use-real-estate-marketing-112159/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate developers</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects</a> have embraced the drone's utility for affording new, choreographed views (<a href="http://realtormag.realtor.org/law-and-ethics/briefs/article/2014/03/drones-in-real-estate-not-so-fast" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">even if the law hasn't</a>). The dr...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105801507/engineers-develop-no-power-wifi-connections Engineers Develop No-power WiFi Connections Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T19:35:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tsalm7ckwawrnux3.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...University of Washington engineers have designed a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to these devices. Called Wi-Fi backscatter, this technology is the first that can connect battery-free devices to Wi-Fi infrastructure.</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/105791849/musk-will-build-spacex-launchpad-in-texas Musk will build SpaceX launchpad in Texas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-04T15:36:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:42:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cz/czmqetlxhcstm2u0.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk&rsquo;s Space Exploration and Technologies Corp. plans to build the world&rsquo;s first commercial launchpad near Brownsville in South Texas [...] The state is providing $2.3 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund to bring an estimated 300 jobs to the launch site, which will bring about $85 million of capital investment into the economy [...] In the region near the proposed launch site, at Boca Chica Beach in the state&rsquo;s southernmost tip, two of five residents live in poverty.</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/105567174/structural-awards-2014-shortlist-is-announced Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced Justine Testado 2014-08-01T17:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:08:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gmnmelin4982lxf.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. The Institution of Structural Engineers revealed the 2014 shortlist for their annual Structural Awards today. The awards recognize achievement, innovation, and excellence in the field of structural engineering in addition to promoting its significant role in the creation of inventive design solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the shortlisted projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37q2kacp0i72cmid.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pzzll7445wegvo7f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tngpzqii2ubsqz6o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37e7aygvcogwehfr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gzihsdvxtuglndsl.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/structural_awards_2014_shortlist_is_announced/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:54:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d9797b7cf9bdca79639231f5a2b53ff.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter the UltraRope, a new kind of lift cable developed by Finnish elevator company Kone. Eschewing woven steel cable in favour of carbon fibre, the UltraRope is described as &ldquo;lift-hoisting technology&rdquo; [...]. Strong and lightweight, the UltraRope will supposedly allow lifts to travel up to 1km in a single run, double what&rsquo;s currently possible with a steel cable. The UltraRope is 90% lighter than the equivalent steel cable, thereby reducing the load and enabling far taller continuous runs.</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>