Archinect - News 2015-03-01T14:31:23-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/121761235/los-angeles-historic-places-made-accessible-and-searchable-for-all Los Angeles' historic places, made accessible and searchable for all Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-27T21:17:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T22:00:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqe7oi67qg0bmnb2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s not uncommon to live in Los Angeles and still feel like a tourist. The author and seminal California-commentator Carey McWilliams <a href="http://www.publicartinla.com/Downtown/figueroa/Pershing_Square/mcwilliams.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">remarked</a> that it took seven years of living in Los Angeles before he no longer felt in exile, and the city has struggled with a history of atomization and segregation in the 60ish years since. There aren&rsquo;t as many glaring <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shiny erections</a> or obvious historical landmarks (maps to star homes don&rsquo;t count) declaring themselves on the landscape, but Los Angeles is dense with urban cultural significance is dense, lying just out of sight. But now, thanks to a new online resource called <a href="http://www.historicplacesla.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HistoricPlacesLA</a>, that history is becoming much more accessible.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hc5bdac1izan7egi.jpg"></p><p>A joint project from The Getty Conservation Institute and the City of Los Angeles, HistoricPlacesLA&nbsp;is essentially an online database of all of the significant physical urban elements in LA &ndash; from buildings to bridges, parks to streets, districts to ditches. Everything in the inventory is described in detail, mapp...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-01T13:53:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121692925/hy-bol-pavilion-at-city-college-of-new-york HY-Bol Pavilion at City College of New York jscelsa 2015-02-27T12:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T13:43:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mj/mjii61dklitskyzd.jpg" width="514" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The HY-Bol Pavilion, designed and built in the summer of 2014 by students of the Spitzer school of Architecture at City College New York, was the culmination of a series of courses devoted to the expression of complex geometric curvature. Contemporary architecture theory has witnessed an new debate on how topology and smooth surface curvature should either embrace or dismiss the historic concepts of tectonics in architecture, a term which has re-appeared sporadically and influentially throughout Architectural History. As a generic umbrella for the term, all of the readings of the word in question seem to share the idea that the tectonic represents an ineffable quality of visual synergy between the needs of construction and structure with the harmonious visualization and pronunciation of those needs.</p><p>"Architecture is <em>Building-plus-value</em>." This equation is not simply the addition of unrelated elements... The identity named by this equation - the "is," or "equals" - is enabled by the di...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas? Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-02-28T17:10:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/3584bad1dbce4a457da9cc721f4fa118.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation . It is the world&rsquo;s first 3D-printed villa. [...] Not all architects are convinced that 3D printing is good for architecture as a discipline. [...] "It may come without economic cost at a small scale but in architecture, if we are not careful, this is at the expense of integrity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121646250/smart-buildings-architects-using-brain-science-for-design-guidance Smart buildings: Architects using brain science for design guidance Miles Jaffe 2015-02-26T12:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T12:24:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fsz5vn0nipgun56d.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The push is on to incorporate brain science into design and architecture... Hopefully, the days of windowless classrooms to prevent vandalism and distraction are over.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Science once agains confirms what we already know, and architects turn it into a marketing tool.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121582000/big-heatherwick-studio-to-design-new-google-hq BIG / Heatherwick Studio to design new Google HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-25T13:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T17:32:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kp/kphyzgeu7vflksdy.jpg" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, [Google] is expected to propose new headquarters &mdash; a series of canopylike buildings from Heatherwick Studio, a London design firm known for works like the fiery caldron at the 2012 Olympics, and Bjarke Ingels [...] The project in Mountain View, which Google has not made public but has discussed with members of the City Council, is likely to aggravate an increasingly testy relationship between the company and community leaders who fear the company is overrunning their small city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Both Heatherwick Studio and BIG have gained global success working on an impressive variety of scales, from the infrastructural to the sculptural, and also happen to both have relatively young founders (Heatherwick is 45, Ingels is 40). While details aren't expected until later this week, it feels safe to say that the design will continue Google's urbanification of its campus &ndash; borrowing elements from urban planning and "spontaneity generating" strategies for a new HQ that has BIG's playfulness and Heatherwick's artfulness.</p><p>More recent news from the firms:</p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116128341/heatherwick-studio-showcases-their-multi-disciplinary-design-skills-in-the-provocations-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio showcases their multi-disciplinary design skills in the "Provocations" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120969332/let-the-fighting-begin-london-garden-bridge-faces-legal-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Let the fighting begin: London Garden Bridge faces legal challenge</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121070622/big-s-telus-sky-tower-breaks-ground-in-calgary-canada" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's Telus Sky Tower breaks ground in Calgary, Canada</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119441449/session-14-his-bjark-is-bigger-than-his-bjite-a-chat-with-bjarke-ingels-at-the-opening-of-big-s-hot-to-cold-exhibition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Session 14: His bjark is BIGger than his bjite &ndash; A chat with Bjarke Ingels at the opening of BIG's "Hot to Cold" exhibition</a></em></p><p><em><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/119262224/playing-with-climate-at-big-s-hot-to-cold-now-open-at-the-national-building-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Playing with climate at BIG's "Hot to Cold", now open at the National Building Museum</a></em></p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/121507305/trahan-architects-release-short-film-of-louisiana-state-sports-hall-of-fame-and-regional-history-museum Trahan Architects Release Short Film of Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum cbryan 2015-02-24T13:35:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:54:32-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/10/104p7kstayr8jxqn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://spiritofspace.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a>, in collaboration with <a href="http://www.trahanarchitects.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trahan Architects</a>, has created a short film featuring the award-winning design of the Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The museum was recently awarded the prestigious <a href="http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2015/interior-architecture/louisiana-st-sports-hof/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 AIA Institute Honor Award</a> and will be honored at the upcoming <a href="http://convention.aia.org/event/homepage.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA National Convention</a> in Atlanta, Georgia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hc/hcvx7wdauf54gzig.jpg"></p><p><em>From Spirit of Space:</em></p><p>The Louisiana State Sports Hall of Fame and Regional History Museum, designed by Trahan Architects, evokes the past as much as it signals the future. Set in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, the museum employs 21st century technology to execute a design language inspired by the carving and scouring of the nearby Cane River and the historic architecture of Natchitoches.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/2508aew6awm41d8r.jpg"></p><p>The film carries viewers past the historic district's references, around the pleated copper fa&ccedil;ade and into the sculpted interior.&nbsp; The cast stone panels define a fluid pathway that flows around, up and through th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time Delhi’s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time. Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:20:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d57582v1paim3rpf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of the world&rsquo;s most polluted city&mdash;New Delhi, in case you were still wondering&mdash;can now find out exactly how toxic the air in their neighbourhood is. [...] &ldquo;People are clueless about the air they are breathing. If there is fog, they think it might be pollution,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People will have this information on their fingertips now.&rdquo; [...] While the government figures out a way to bring pollution under control, this app could help people buy time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/367298/air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120981400/with-the-apple-watch-coming-soon-jony-ive-is-already-revamping-the-apple-store-design-for-its-arrival With the Apple Watch coming soon, Jony Ive is already revamping the Apple Store design for its arrival Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T17:34:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:28:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4ae52d6245db71caa840e6b8121f20d5.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts are working together on a redesign of Apple's retail stores &mdash;&nbsp;a different approach that will make them better suited for selling the fashionable Apple Watch, according to a new report. [...] And while Apple Stores are known for their carpet-less floors, Ive did tell Parker that he overheard someone say they wouldn't buy a watch from a store if they weren't standing on carpet.</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/120908279/singapore-company-launches-world-s-first-3d-printer-scanner-hybrid Singapore company launches world's first 3d printer/scanner hybrid Nicholas Korody 2015-02-16T19:18:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:10:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/deejb05tszwe1sj9.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nanyang Technological University's (NTU Singapore) start-up Blacksmith Group today launched the world's first compact 3D printer that can also scan items into digitised models. Named the Blacksmith Genesis, this user-friendly device allows users without much knowledge of 3D software to scan any item, then edit the digitised model on the computer and print it out in 3D.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Funded through an Indiegogo campaign, the printer-scanner contains a 2-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi capabilities, an SD-card reader and a USB connection (but only weighs 6kg). The device utilizes a unique rotary platform and can print objects twice as large as similar-sized printers currently available. It's also fast: scans take only about 6 minutes.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.blacksmith-group.com/blacksmith-genesis/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blacksmith Genesis</a>, which looks a bit like a coffee maker, is currently available for pre-order at US $2,200.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120603273/flyability-s-gimball-a-bouncy-lightweight-drone-for-safe-search-and-rescue-building-navigation Flyability's Gimball: A bouncy, lightweight drone for safe, search-and-rescue building navigation Justine Testado 2015-02-12T20:33:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T21:27:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/ywbo0ugklxpjkr7c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Despite its odd appearance, the Gimball is the first collision-tolerant drone that could prove itself useful in a variety of applications, from everyday tasks to hazardous situations. Designed by <a href="http://www.flyability.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flyability</a>, the Gimball recently won a $1 million prize in the UAE's Drones for Good international competition, which aims to transform emerging drone technologies into practical solutions to improve everyday living.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yc/yccxnh9cdae278u0.jpg"></p><p>The Gimball's most outlandish feature is its strength. The drone's spherical lightweight cage enables it to bounce off obstacles and roll on any surface to keep itself stable in complex environments or indoor settings. It can also safely fly in close contact around humans while operating, thus making it possibly useful for tasks like delivering goods or becoming a potential aid for first-responders in emergency conditions like post-disaster search and rescue.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fs/fs547fy7bx5rlmi9.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3g/3gbqaqdwojbhu6j9.jpg"></p><p>Equipped with an HD camera, the Gimball can be used as a safer alternative in conducting inspections in industrial facilit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120371103/scientists-create-new-and-cheap-aluminum-iron-alloy Scientists Create New (and Cheap!) Aluminum-Iron Alloy Nicholas Korody 2015-02-09T19:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T10:59:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffkw6x2gyz3wk3es.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By manipulating the structure of steel on a nanometre scale, [Hansoo Kim and his colleagues at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea] (have) produced a material which has the strength and the lightness of titanium alloys but will, when produced at scale, cost a tenth as much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new, potentially-revolutionary alloy utilizes nickel, in addition to aluminum and iron, to create a metal that is as strong as steel but much lighter and cheaper. The scientists created the alloy using nanotechnology to manipulate the structure of steel on a minute level.</p><p>Noting the decrease in steel-usage over the last decade, the scientists hope the new alloy could fill that market, potentially being used for cars as well as even aircrafts. Any ideas on how a lightweight, strong and cheap steel could be utilized architecturally?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120370298/the-issue-of-homelessness-in-simcity The issue of homelessness in SimCity Alexander Walter 2015-02-09T19:19:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:13:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6p8le950i72fvvs1.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The issue of homelessness in SimCity was recently taken on by an article&nbsp;at Vice News&rsquo;s tech blog, Motherboard. The article focuses on Matteo Bittanti, a professor at Milan&rsquo;s IULM University, who became increasingly interested in homelessness in the game. [...] Bittani was so interested in it that he began compiling quotes from SimCity users intent on dealing with the virtual homeless, ultimately publishing them in a 600 page, two volume mega-book called &ldquo;How to get rid of the homeless&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104801373/exclusionary-strategies-laws-and-designs-used-to-oust-homeless-population" target="_blank">Exclusionary Strategies: Laws and Designs Used to Oust Homeless Population</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/89829634/can-a-city-really-end-homelessness" target="_blank">Can a City Really 'End' Homelessness?</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111345242/honolulu-law-criminalizes-homelessness" target="_blank">Honolulu Law Criminalizes Homelessness</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/120358240/do-video-games-belong-in-fine-art-museum-collections Do video games belong in fine art museum collections? Alexander Walter 2015-02-09T15:33:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T22:04:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04eb44ed7e24131e287ddd249976ebf9.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The popularity of video games shows no sign of waning, and museums have ramped up their interest in the medium. [...] &ldquo;Sorry MoMA, video games are not art&rdquo; was the headline on Jonathan Jones&rsquo;s blog [...] after New York&rsquo;s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announced the acquisition of 14 video games, including 1980s classics &ldquo;Tetris&rdquo; and &ldquo;Pac-Man&rdquo;. &ldquo;All hell broke loose in an interesting way,&rdquo; said Paola Antonelli, a senior curator in the museum&rsquo;s department of architecture and design [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114966828/tate-museum-creates-minecraft-world-inspired-by-famous-paintings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tate Museum Creates Minecraft World Inspired by Famous Paintings</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120049193/stand-on-the-shoulders-of-giants-as-cern-s-architect-in-residence Stand on the shoulders of giants as CERN's architect in residence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-05T15:40:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:14:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bouymi6kwtxy070c.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A year before discovering the Higgs boson, aka &ldquo;God&rdquo;, particle, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) established its own arts residency. Formed in 2011, the Collide@CERN program pairs artists with CERN physicists in Geneva to collaborate on art and research projects, banking on the idea that artistic experimentation and theoretical physicists are both ultimately concerned with the same thing: "both are ways to explore our existence &ndash; what it is to be human and our place in the universe,&rdquo; <a href="http://gizmodo.com/cern-wants-artists-and-architects-working-alongside-its-1681784895?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmodo%2Ffull+%28Gizmodo%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">according to</a> program director Ariane Koek. The first collaboration between artist Julius von Bismarck and theoretical physicist James Wells was so fruitful that CERN developed Accelerate@CERN in 2013, which enables a country to set up and sponsor a specific "Research Stay" within CERN&rsquo;s labs. Now, Austria is looking for an architect to work at CERN.</p><p>What does this entail? For one month of pure research, an architect will be paired with a CERN physicist &ndash; to work, think, and ideate to...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118906207/architects-get-ready-for-the-holographic-design-process-microsoft-just-unveiled-its-hololens-headset Architects, get ready for the holographic design process: Microsoft just unveiled its HoloLens headset. Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T19:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-24T13:11:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sh/shyv4ch6c1n8v0o1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D printers. Every Windows 10 device has holographic APIs enabled, Microsoft's Alex Kipman said. Windows 10 holograms are Windows Universal Apps. Users need the Microsoft HoloLens headset, which Kipman described as "the first fully untethered computer."</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gtgyyilyff7y2p7r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2ucc549j1wwr5m8l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9wlnh3enuxjm6vs.jpg"></p><p><em>Images via Microsoft's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us?ocid=MSCOM_HoloLensGlobe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HoloLens micro site</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118281159/the-cellphone-user-and-the-sky-rise The cellphone user and the sky rise kostatoskovic 2015-01-14T05:41:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T23:34:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wtuo81je21cuwjv.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like the fork, the cellphone expires and no longer feels as useable in its user&rsquo;s hand. Like the fork, the cellphone was not first designed for all people. New cellphones work for most people who invested in personal computers and the internet, but they don&rsquo;t work for anyone else without guidance or instruction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>After two years in redeveloping the electric power grid, re-engineering water treatment facilities, and redesigning HVAC for cultural density and experimenting with live 'non electronic' materials such as structural steel and concrete and drywall, flooring, and paint at various research labs and for various companies, I would like to discuss possibilities of consciousness investments in something as multifaceted as the cellphone today.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118274718/moshe-safdie-warns-architects-against-the-seduction-of-computers-in-design Moshe Safdie warns architects against the seduction of computers in design Alexander Walter 2015-01-13T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-16T08:40:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q9h1o0ln1r4vonys.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I don&rsquo;t tweet or do Facebook. I use a computer for email and searches but not for design. I walk around the office giving out pens and saying, &ldquo;Try that, you might like it.&rdquo; You should conceive and sketch first. Architects get seduced by wild shapes designed on a computer and build these things whether they work or not in the environment. That&rsquo;s the danger of computers: There&rsquo;s a facility about them that allows you to do charming, seductive things that have no deeper meaning.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recently:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115663589/moshe-safdie-to-receive-the-2015-aia-gold-medal" target="_blank">Moshe Safdie to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118194332/relax-on-kepler-16b-where-your-shadow-always-has-company Relax on Kepler-16b: Where Your Shadow Always Has Company Nicholas Korody 2015-01-12T13:39:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:41:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pk6zrbphelj29f6b.jpg" width="514" height="742" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Remember the memorable double sunset on the desert planet Tatooine in the original Star Wars? As it turns out, such a vista isn't unimaginable &ndash; if you can get to Kepler-16b, an exoplanet about 196 light years away. Of course, if you did get there, you might be disappointed to find that the planet is actually a gas giant, or that its temperature is close to that of dry ice.</p><p>One of a thousand such exoplanets recently discovered by NASA, Kepler-16b has been commemorated in a poster designed by&nbsp;Joby Harris, David Delgado and Dan Goods. In a style reminiscent of early 20th-century travel advertisements, the poster is part of a <a href="http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/images" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">series</a> that playfully celebrates the exciting discoveries that have been made by <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_%28spacecraft%29" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kepler telescope</a>, launched in 2009 to discover Earth-like planets. Published under the guise of the fictional "Exoplanet Travel Bureau," the posters help bring the excitement of the project into legible terms for us layfolk.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld796dlp2i03gmwa.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>"Experience the gravity of HD 40307G," a "super planet" with ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117655517/taxis-stop-whining-and-start-innovating-to-compete-with-ubers-of-the-world Taxis stop whining and start innovating to compete with Ubers of the world Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-05T14:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8mjv8ei1ddeknzw.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A little over a year ago, Seattle sought to determine the quality of TNCs like Uber and Lyft relative to taxi services, and the result was a stinging indictment of traditional taxis' speed, convenience, and ease of payment. [...] In response to competition from the Ubers and Lyfts of the world, taxi operators across the country have done more than complain about the loss of their monopoly on for-hire transportation ... and actually worked to improve service to be competitive</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's important to remember that in the midst of Uber's corporate gaffes and other criticisms of alternative Transportation Network Companies, taxi companies are struggling, but operating. And as Shane Phillips, Masters of Planning student at USC, points out in his Planetizen blog, a silver lining of Uber et al's practices is that they've forced taxis to improve services that "traditionally sucked", in order to&nbsp;be more competitive in an app-driven market.</p><p>Phillips cites cases in Los Angeles and Seattle, WA, where quantitative comparison of taxis to Uber/Lyft etc. clearly show taxis' disadvantages and weaknesses. In Seattle, comparing metrics like speed, service quality, and ease of payment, traditional taxi drivers clearly needed to, in Phillips words, "get [their] shit together". Both cities' taxi commissions are working on enforcing the use of e-hailing apps, which reduce wait times, ease payments, and hold drivers responsible through customer reviews.</p><p>In the end, Phillips encourages...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117656322/public-transit-helps-new-yorkers-earn-more-money Public Transit Helps New Yorkers Earn More Money Nicholas Korody 2015-01-05T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T21:37:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1r/1rvabydrt1u7k3k0.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[NYC] neighborhoods with the best access to transit, usually in Manhattan...also have the highest median household income, and the lowest unemployment rate... Neighborhoods with the worst access to transit (South Staten Island) had lower median incomes... and slightly lower unemployment rates...The neighborhoods with limited access to public transit, like the Flatlands in Brooklyn, fare the worst: their unemployment rate is nearly 12%, and their median household income is around $46,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>That or the subway was designed around, and continues to serve, historically-affluent communities...</p><p>The study was conducted by&nbsp;<a title="Opens in a new window" href="http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116670700/27-weird-and-compelling-architectural-evolutions-of-2014 27 weird and compelling architectural evolutions of 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-30T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T18:27:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dt/dtgnui0hwz0kjgmp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Technofuturism:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aftershock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a>: Bringing the brain into evidence-based design, one EEG-measured d&eacute;rive at a time. Reporting from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture's conference in San Diego, California.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Francis Tsai</a>: Tsai was diagnosed with ALS far before the ice bucket challenge, and despite his total-body atrophy, is able to continue drawing as a videogames and comics artist using a special camera that tracks his eye movements and translates them into digital drawing commands.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ea/eae56wnbv1kbsfoz.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a>: Through war, Amazon deliveries and Dronestagram, Martha unilaterally loves her drone.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102156079/neural-cartography-mapping-the-brain-s-response-to-dumbo-in-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neural Cartography: Mapping the Brain's Response to DUMBO in Brooklyn</a>: One of the jet-setters investing in neuroscientific research for architecture and urbanism, the Van Alen Institute teams up with Columbia's GSAPP to create mental maps of DUMBO.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Protesting:</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/99365040/screen-print-15-sophie-yanow-s-war-of-streets-and-houses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Prin...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</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/116669096/the-year-2014-in-architectural-activism The Year 2014 in Architectural Activism Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T10:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-02T15:28:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfhkrk9lss8c2bp1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let's admit it, we architects much too often get lost in narcissistic own-horn-tooting, passionate ego-inflating, disillusioned navel-gazing, vile shit-flinging or simply in the mundane day-to-day operations for the paying clientele.&nbsp;</p><p>But all is not completely lost thanks to the tireless work and burning passion of individuals and groups around the world seeking the greater good, putting humanity first, improving this planet one initiative at a time.&nbsp;</p><p>Topics we had the honor of reporting about on Archinect &amp; Bustler this year ranged from the Israel-Gaza conflict, Syrian refugee crisis, Ukrainian revolution, climate change, historic preservation, #folkmoma, abortion clinics and affordable housing all the way to still very recent issues like the Ebola epidemic and Ferguson protests.</p><p>Following is my personal (and hopelessly incomplete) list of noteworthy and much-discussed examples of architectural activism on Archinect &amp; Bustler in 2014:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106870325/exhibition-explores-the-design-of-protest-movements" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Exhibition Explores the Design of Protest Movements...</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117025015/editor-s-picks-399 Editor's Picks #399 Nam Henderson 2014-12-28T17:19:00-05:00 >2014-12-31T18:46:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9tjsm9yq44a3mwh.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/paulkeskeys" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Keskeys</a>&nbsp;examined the the state of residential development across The Pond, and asks the question: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/116280877/the-age-of-the-plastic-chimney-how-cookie-cutter-homes-drove-me-to-despair-and-away-from-the-profession" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How can we rock the status quo?</a>&nbsp;Therein he diagnoses the root cause "<em>They will tell a tale of mass production, of value engineering, and of misguided nostalgia...It is economic pragmatism gone mad</em>".</p><p>Perhaps predictably,&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong> commented "<em>The reason traditional architecture persists in the residential realm to a much larger degree than the institutional or commercial one is that home buyers, aka, individuals chose it...What's with the faux historical meme?</em>", while <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;opined "<em>this dilemma is about the </em><em><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/114820062/interview-november-29-2013-12-23-pm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">medium of finance dominating all mediums of existence</a></em><em>, There is nothing more we Architects can do, frankly, &nbsp;than educate each client one at a time</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/207odsn3l1ocqx4g.jpg"></p><p>Plus the latest edition of <strong>Screen/Print: </strong>featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/115813747/screen-print-27-future-anterior-a-champion-of-historic-preservation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future Anterior</a>, the first American academic journal for historic preservation, published by <a href="https://www.upress.umn.edu/journal-division/Journals/future-anterior" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Minnesota Press</a>.</p><p><strong>midlander</strong> thought it was a "<em>great article, quite relevan...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116666688/artist-creates-game-maze-walkthrough-featuring-the-best-sci-fi-corridors-in-film Artist creates game "Maze Walkthrough" featuring the best Sci-Fi corridors in film Archinect 2014-12-23T18:23:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T23:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tk/tkpmtn10pmeccmqj.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;ve been collecting corridors from sci-fi movies for almost 3 years now as part of an artistic project. For &lsquo;Maze Walkthrough&rsquo;, I&rsquo;ve selected some of those corridors, made 3D reproductions of them, and built a virtual maze putting them together. The final result is a desktop application that puts the user inside the maze, allowing him or her to navigate and explore it, kind of a FPS video-game without the shooting.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ak/ak4vp9u7w6q1ikzo.gif"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:48:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</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/116345851/4d-printing-introduces-the-dimension-of-transformation-over-time 4D printing introduces the dimension of transformation over time Archinect 2014-12-19T14:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T20:25:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sa/sanbsl89jt6l32wc.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These sorts of structural deformations are not new &mdash; researchers have already demonstrated &ldquo;memory&rdquo; and &ldquo;smart material&rdquo; properties. One of the most popular technologies is known as&nbsp;shape memory alloy, where a change of temperature triggers a shape change. Other successful approaches use&nbsp;electroactive polymers, pressurised fluids or gasses, chemical stimulus and even in response to light.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet... Archinect 2014-12-19T14:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:26:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7up4aigu0m7pwcp.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Hyperloop in California could be built within a decade, for between $7 and $16 billion and there are no technical showstoppers, Ahlborn says. In other words, while Musk&rsquo;s initial estimate of $4 billion was somewhat optimistic, it wasn&rsquo;t exceptionally far off, especially given that Ahlborn believes the ultimate number for the hyperloop between San Francisco and Los Angeles would come in toward the lower end of the range.</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/116269641/beyond-the-grid-s-vision-to-make-a-lower-manhattan-neighborhood-more-resilient Beyond the Grid's vision to make a Lower Manhattan neighborhood more resilient Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:51:35-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c2/c291e146935a81e97511da5241ecb06b.jpg" width="514" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren&rsquo;t typically incorporated into the same project. Beyond The Grid &mdash; an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan &mdash; does just that. And the fact that the&nbsp;proposal has been created in this&nbsp;neighborhood is no accident.</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>