Archinect - News 2017-03-30T20:44:58-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150000416/ground-breaks-on-frank-gehry-s-subtly-lit-opened-up-philadelphia-museum-of-art Ground breaks on Frank Gehry's subtly lit, opened-up Philadelphia Museum of Art Julia Ingalls 2017-03-30T13:50:00-04:00 >2017-03-30T15:02:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/f8/f8u2exrd6cejhz26.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you transform a classical museum without dramatically altering the existing architecture? Frank Gehry and the hardworking crew at Gehry Partners have chosen to remove a few walls and increase the amount of natural and artificial lighting, creating a stronger visual connection between previously closed-off reception halls and the gallery spaces, as these before and after photos demonstrate:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tj/tj11y43m8f1i7dgp.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/al/alytii2ac2fod94d.jpg"></p><p>The $196 million "Core Project" should be completed by about 2020, and will add 90,000 square feet to&nbsp;the public, including 23,000 square feet of new gallery space. After the Gehry Plan is completed, the galleries will have grown by an additional 55,000 square feet, for a total of 78,000 square feet.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vi/vit9wqwoyjbghy8c.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000085/editor-s-picks-466 Editor's Picks #466 Nam Henderson 2017-03-29T14:59:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T14:59:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9m/9muulufq3tm03lkg.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>WBYA?</strong> is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackle the pressing question: who builds your architecture? Check out their <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149997468/who-builds-your-architecture-a-critical-field-guide" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Field Guide</a>...</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n0/n0mnysngjxz6kney.jpg"></p><p>Plus, for the latest edition of <strong>Dean's List</strong>: <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;spoke with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149998432/dean-s-list-qingyun-ma-of-the-university-of-southern-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Qingyun Ma</a>, of the University of Southern California. <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce </a>felt them "<em>Wise words&hellip;</em>"&nbsp;while <strong>Thayer-D</strong> was intrigued "<em>I don't think I've ever heard a dean call for beauty so unequivocally...would this prioritization over-ride your call for social impact of building and also advancements of technology?</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4s/4sbiq2097onvy37y.jpg"></p><p><strong>News</strong><br><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DOMODesigns?src=hash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOMO Studio was roundly criticized</a>&nbsp;for it&rsquo;s "<em>softer, gentler</em>" (aka "<em>the Bushwick of xenophobic nationalism</em>") for the Trump, Mexican border wall. <strong>Olaf Design Ninja_</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149996309/these-architects-actually-proposed-building-the-border-wall-with-shipping-containers-and-micro-housing-units" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">opined</a>&nbsp;"<em>this is a poorly thought-out knock-off of age old ideas that were far more refined then this joke. &nbsp;It's a joke architecturally without considering the politics behind it.</em>"</p><p>In a bit of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149996596/the-frank-lloyd-wright-school-of-architecture-to-remain-accredited" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good news</a>, after years of uncertainty, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150000026/internet-providers-can-now-profit-from-your-privacy-thanks-to-the-house-republicans Internet providers can now profit from your privacy, thanks to the House Republicans Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T10:01:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8x/8xmnbkwck53jscx5.jpg" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to creepily stalk you with tailored ads on Facebook and Google, ISPs can now sell your internet browsing history to third-parties for cash, thanks to the corporately-backed husks that voted for the move in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/28/the-house-just-voted-to-wipe-out-the-fccs-landmark-internet-privacy-protections/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>:</p><p><em>Congress's joint resolution empowers Internet providers to enter the&nbsp;$83 billion market for online advertising now dominated by Google and Facebook.&nbsp;It is likely to lend momentum to a broader GOP rollback of Obama-era technology policies, and calls into question&nbsp;the fate of other tech regulations such as net neutrality, which was approved in 2015 over strident Republican objections and bans Internet providers from discriminating against websites. And it is a sign that&nbsp;companies such as AT&amp;T, Comcast and Verizon will be treated more permissively at a time&nbsp;when conservatives control all three branches of government.</em></p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149999145/il-lumen-ating-a-conversation-with-jenny-sabin-winner-of-2017-s-moma-ps1-yap Il[LUMEN]ating; A conversation with Jenny Sabin, winner of 2017’s MoMA PS1 YAP Archinect 2017-03-23T16:26:00-04:00 >2017-03-28T08:01:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ne/nehr5z931a3dlhra.jpg" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In this week's episode, we talk to Jenny Sabin&mdash;<a href="http://www.jennysabin.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect, artist</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://sabinlab.aap.cornell.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">researcher</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://aap.cornell.edu/people/jenny-sabin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">educator</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992863/jenny-e-sabin-is-the-winner-of-moma-ps1-s-2017-young-architects-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winner</a>&nbsp;of the 2017 Young Architect's Program at MoMA PS1.</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149998868/the-adrian-smith-prize-for-the-2017-ragdale-ring-goes-to-living-picture-by-t-e-a-m The Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring goes to "LIVING PICTURE" by T+E+A+M Ragdale1260 2017-03-22T19:37:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T19:38:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9o/9oyyeosb54pnpdpv.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ragdale, the acclaimed artists&rsquo; residency in Lake Forest, announces the winning design of the fifth annual Ragdale Ring competition. Amidst a field of national and international submissions, T+E+A+M, a young, internationally recognized architectural collaborative based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was selected by jury for their proposal of <a href="http://ragdale.org/residency/ragdale-ring-2017/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LIVING PICTURE</a>&ndash; a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8fb9841fbfct80wc.jpg"></p><p>The winning T+E+A+M exclaims, "We are thrilled to receive the Adrian Smith Prize for the 2017 Ragdale Ring. In its short history, this competition has produced an exciting series of experimental projects, and we&rsquo;re honored to join the ranks of past winners. We look forward to our residency, meeting the other fellows, and watching our project come to life through public programming."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5e/5egmybnk4txheuip.jpg"></p><p>Historical elements from the original Ragdale Ring appear&nbsp;on lightweight objects stacked and spread throughout the&nbsp;grounds. Blending ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997795/sadar-vuga-declare-humor-is-a-rare-quality-in-architecture-in-a-new-documentary-on-the-influential-slovenian-firm Sadar + Vuga declare, "Humor is a rare quality in architecture" in a new documentary on the influential Slovenian firm Julia Ingalls 2017-03-16T18:32:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T18:36:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jg/jgbs1duc5icwqi2f.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Rejecting self-serious notions in favor of playful, experimental, and bold architecture, Slovenian architects <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/27772/sadar-vuga-arhitekti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sadar + Vuga</a> have made a name themselves in the twenty-one years since they founded their practice.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/95/9555ctow0l467mrd.jpg"><br><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88985961/sadar-vuga-s-air-traffic-control-center-atcc-in-slovenia-continues-to-gain-recognition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Sadar+Vuga&rsquo;s Air Traffic Control Center (ATCC) in Slovenia</em></a></p><p>One of the few firms to openly state that their work is "intentionally imperfect and awkward, robust, and ambiguous," Sadar + Vuga's work is now profiled in a documentary entitled "Sadar + Vuga XX." Watch the trailer below.&nbsp;</p><p><em>From the architects...</em></p><p>Focus of Sadar+Vuga XX documentary by director Damjan Kozole is the design process behind one of the most influential Slovenian architectural studios of the new generation, Sadar+Vuga.</p><p>The documentary Sadar+Vuga XX explores the production and communication of the Slovenian architectural firm Sadar+Vuga established by Jurij Sadar and Bo&scaron;tjan Vuga in Ljubljana in 1996. Individual reflections and talks with Slovenian and foreign architects, architectural critics and policy-makers, co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149997179/i-melt-with-you-indoor-city-installation-explores-dissolving-spatial-boundaries-in-an-era-of-climate-change I Melt With You: "Indoor City" installation explores dissolving spatial boundaries in an era of climate change Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T17:44:00-04:00 >2017-03-16T12:06:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vo2szjkdle1c6nve.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With layered narration from writers and the input of a climate scientist, the 40-foot long table installation known as "Indoor City" designed by Founder Rome Prize Fellows Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem (<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/55229883/modu-formerly-phu-hoang-office-and-rachely-rotem-studio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MODU</a>)&nbsp;with Jonathan Berger, Hussein Fancy, Christoph Meinrenken, Jack Livings and Matthew Null,&nbsp;tackles the dire conceptual heft of designing for massive systemic weather change.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1s/1s5trzz1v49164a7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ng/ngq5nlj59soq5g4c.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n5/n5lsnv6uxgvrcyw5.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/pr/prtpzs9mtzc66k64.gif"></p><p>By placing carbon ice on the installation, the idea is to track how divisions between urban spaces and the environment release more carbon dioxide into the air, thereby creating more stress on the environment (and making the urban spaces quite unpleasant to live in as a result). The project advocates for a more integrated design concept while allowing visitors to enjoy what amounts to a trippy installation. Here's a video of the installation, which is part of the 2017 Cinque Mostre show and&nbsp;will be viewable in person at the American Academy in Rome until April 4th:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149996540/big-to-start-its-own-in-house-engineering-unit BIG to start its own in-house engineering unit Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T19:37:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c6/c6rs51ew5mj4cz4x.jpg" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> grows so does their ambition for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/59323/engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineering</a> challenges. To help further facilitate their adventures in building design, the Copenhagen and New York-based studio have hired an in-house engineer, Duncan Horswill, the former CCO at S&oslash;ren Jensen Engineers. BIG Engineering, as the unit will be called, with be &ldquo;dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally. Already, the unit is working on projects around the world, from the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71506057/big-s-marknagil-education-center-breaks-ground-on-faroe-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faroe Islands Education Centre</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-h...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years In 24 hours, get a 3D-printed house that will last 175 years Julia Ingalls 2017-03-07T12:40:00-05:00 >2017-03-07T13:28:41-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xn/xnczd30w3ulj8rox.jpg" width="650" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's unclear when the furnishing/window and door fitting process takes place, one thing is certain: you can now have the basic components of an entire 400 square foot house printed in about a day from the company Apis Cor. Aside from being speedy, the $10,000 printing process is impressive because the house is printed using only one machine, instead of a multi-component process that requires wall assembly. In this slightly bizarre promotional video (featuring notable speakers including a student, identified only by first name without any kind of school affiliation) the 3D printed houses are envisioned as being great solutions for providing fast relief from natural disasters. Since they're designed to last 175 years, it makes one wonder if these curvy domiciles could become a kind of inadvertent historical marker of previous catastrophes. Check it out:&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149995046/getting-down-with-the-led-grow-lights-to-be-used-in-nyc-s-lowline Getting down with the LED grow lights to be used in NYC's Lowline Julia Ingalls 2017-03-02T19:51:00-05:00 >2017-03-02T19:52:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8r/8rg0nz0aotd7drmb.jpg" width="640" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although still just a mock-up in the Lowline Lab, the LED grow lights designed by Lighting Science for use in the real <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957887/nyc-s-lowline-is-approved-by-city-officials-becoming-world-s-first-underground-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lowline</a> are a promising iteration.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oc/ocsp58ojxoy3xhzd.jpg"></p><p>Combining everything that's great about glowing hexagons with three different settings ("soft-white light, one that mimics daylight, and one that includes Lighting Science&rsquo;s patented VividGroTM LED indoor grow light spectrum technology") the grow lights are about 2 feet in diameter each, and will be coupled with solar installations designed to direct sunlight into the depths of the pioneering subterranean park.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w01ndhadd2dcsodo.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/en/en6a1wa2cbjrj3o7.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994433/transit-hubs-increasingly-designed-to-serve-as-desirable-and-profitable-public-spaces Transit hubs increasingly designed to serve as desirable (and profitable) public spaces Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:36:00-05:00 >2017-03-01T07:14:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jn/jn0b8elybtyb8jyn.jpg" width="640" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The notion of spending time at a subway stop or other major transit center for pleasure may strike you as odd, but many cities and transportation companies are investing heavily in building up this part of their infrastructure to create desirable public spaces (it adds a whole new dimension to "mixed-use"). In this feature by <a href="http://www.constructiondive.com/news/full-steam-ahead-why-transit-hub-development-is-seeing-a-resurgence/436694/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kim Slowey for Construction Dive</a>, the shift in investment is explored:&nbsp;</p><p><em>Architecture firm HOK designed the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodel Center&nbsp;(ARTIC) in California, a 21st century take on the massive transit halls of the past. Finished in 2014, using steel and ethylene tetrafluoroethylene "pillows," designers created a hangar-like, light-filled area that makes room for dining and shopping, as well as for additional future commercial development.</em></p><p><em>Skanska also completed an ultra-modern, $4 billion&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.usa.skanska.com/by-the-numbers-how-we-built-the-wtc-transportation-hub-and-oculus/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Trade Center Transportation Hub</a>&nbsp;last year, which connects city subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey, to replace the one destroyed in the Sept.&nbsp;...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149994393/working-in-zero-privacy-new-monitoring-technology-tracks-every-motion-and-word Working in zero privacy: new monitoring technology tracks every motion and word Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T20:28:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mg/mgj5uhrgbkxcvuyr.jpg" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's not shocking that companies like Gensler have automated on/off sensors in their lighting grid to save energy when no one's in the office, it's slightly less comforting to realize that many companies are now using sensors to monitor when employees are at their desks, if they're talking with their fellow co-workers, and how long they're in the bathroom. (Makes one harken for the days when workers were judged by what they actually produced, as opposed to their process of production.) As&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/22/world/meet-workplace-sensors-are-watching-you" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marketplace</a>&nbsp;reports, one of the new privacy-free devices is called "Humanyze":&nbsp;</p><p><em>They&rsquo;re in a badge you wear around [your] neck, kind of like an ID badge. And they measure this thing called &ldquo;latency&rdquo; to see how often people are interacting with their co-workers. Which, to me, sounds like a little bit much. But they claim the data is anonymized, and they don&rsquo;t record exactly what you&rsquo;re saying, or at least they don&rsquo;t share that with your employer.... The Boston Consulting Group is using it to...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-02-24T14:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T19:56:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine&rsquo;s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel&rsquo;s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.</p><p>Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows&mdash;so the company claims&mdash;the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xiishtv1bckqwces.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2m/2m8meg82y815270x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyyb8jo3p27ha47m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;Sistine Solar's <a href="http://www.sistinesolar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993608/driverless-future-a-challenge-to-shape-the-impact-of-autonomous-transportation DRIVERLESS FUTURE: A challenge to shape the impact of autonomous transportation Sponsor 2017-02-23T17:33:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T18:31:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/92/92k1x98i5jmudf7w.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The Driverless Future challenge seeks proposals that actively shape NYC&rsquo;s response to driverless technology - will offer resources to help finalists transform their proposals into real companies and products.</em></p><p>Blank Space is proud to announce the&nbsp;<strong>Driverless Future</strong>&nbsp;challenge, a global competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC, with a prize purse worth over $60,000 for the 4 top teams. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. The primary goal is to create a launchpad for entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, engineers, architects and futurists to enact real change in New York City.</p><p><strong>Blank Space</strong>&nbsp;is proud to partner with the&nbsp;<strong>NYC Mayor&rsquo;s Office</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>New Lab</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Fast Company</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>AIA New York</strong>&nbsp;to host the challenge and support winning entries b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992550/history-of-the-present-mexico-city History of the Present: Mexico City Places Journal 2017-02-17T15:51:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T10:21:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmrokpxnjmaxc0k3.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unpopular president, a myth-making architect, and a multibillionaire tycoon are building an oversize airport in a nature preserve. Can they make Mexico great again?</p></em><br /><br /><p>The progressive capital of Mexico has&nbsp;a long history of massive infrastructure projects&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<em>megaproyectos</em>&nbsp;&mdash; with egalitarian aims. Daniel Brook looks at the social, political, and environmental issues surrounding the latest&nbsp;&mdash; a $13bn new airport rising on a sinking lakebed. This article is part of <em>Places'</em> ongoing series, <a href="https://placesjournal.org/series/history-of-the-present/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">History of the Present</a>, on global cities in transition.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992419/flying-cars-take-to-the-air-in-dubai Flying cars take to the air in Dubai Nicholas Korody 2017-02-16T16:59:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T17:03:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xw/xw9t6o43c1qgqgy6.jpg" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Hot on the heels of announcing a new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initiative</a> to build a miniature city on Mars, the Dubai government has unveiled the first successfully-tested Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV)&mdash;aka a flying car. Apparently, they will begin operations as early as July.</p><p>Manufactured by the Chinese company EHANG, the vehicle measures 3.9 m in length, 4.02 m in width, and 1.6 m in height. It&rsquo;s a one-seater that can carry a load of up to 100kgs. The &ldquo;flying car&rdquo; can fly for a maximum of 30 minutes at a crushing speed of 160 kph. The maximum cruising height is 3000 feet.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/dubai-to-test-flying-cars-this-july" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Khaleej Times</em></a>, the vehicles have no key ignition, but rather a touch screen where the rider puts in their destination. While the vehicle is auto-piloted, the trip is monitored via a command center.</p><p>Watch a video of it in action here:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992362/tour-the-optical-illusion-of-giovanni-vaccarini-s-facade-system-for-the-spg-headquarters Tour the optical illusion of Giovanni Vaccarini's facade system for the SPG Headquarters Julia Ingalls 2017-02-16T13:59:00-05:00 >2017-02-21T00:42:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3f/3f9q90o8oi776m2a.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Relax, you don't need new glasses: the closely spaced, suspended panes of glass on Giovanni Vaccarini's&nbsp;SPG Headquarters in Geneva purposefully create a blurred/vibrating effect, especially when viewed from a distance.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/88/889a4xg8ztmckkif.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i7/i7a4x3jy90gu7aoz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8d9v066udcp2mxmr.jpg"></p><p>However, producer The Piranesi Experience and&nbsp;filmmaker Claudio Esposito have made a film about the SPG called "Deep Into the Surface" which, according to the filmmakers "investigates the abstract and conceptual dimension that architect Giovanni Vaccarini imparted to the fa&ccedil;ade system that characterizes the building of the SPG Headquarters in Geneva. A game made of simple rules, whose reiteration produces a complex play of elements to the point that its perception varies with weather and lights. The photography by Fabio Paolucci and the original soundtrack by Populous underline the exploration of these qualities and let the spectator perceive the depth of the surface and its apparent movement." You be the judge:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149992185/the-uae-announces-plans-to-build-a-miniature-city-on-mars The UAE announces plans to build a miniature city on Mars Nicholas Korody 2017-02-15T17:42:00-05:00 >2017-02-20T11:59:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s6/s6eixk7khddjtsur.jpg" width="650" height="310" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced intentions to build a &ldquo;miniature city&rdquo; on Mars within the next 100 years, reports <em><a href="http://www.arabianbusiness.com/uae-plans-build-mini-city-on-mars-by-2117-663448.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arabian Business</a></em>. Sheikh Mohammed, who also serves as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, launched the project at the World Government Summit. Entitled the 2117 Mars project, the endeavor aims to develop scientific capabilities, and may result in the conversion of local universities into research facilities.</p><p>"There are no limits to the imagination and aspirations of human beings," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.</p><p>Apparently, the UAE counts as one of the major investors in space travel. Back in November, Sheikh Mohammed approved the designs for a Mars probe, which should reach the planet by 2021. It will study changes in the planet&rsquo;s atmosphere.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r6/r6xtxtzp4g2af95y.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0e/0ev6uw79rgxj5r95.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tr/trvtnauc2s6218zy.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991988/ncarb-opens-up-official-certification-to-much-wider-field-of-architecture-students NCARB opens up official certification to much wider field of architecture students Julia Ingalls 2017-02-14T18:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-16T12:24:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1x/1x1r5dwbjrvt6f2o.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you didn't get a degree from a NAAB-accredited program, but have spent years accumulating Architectural Experience Program-worthy hours, you may now receive an official NCARB certification. How? Well, the details are spelled out in the press release below, but think of it as a potential reward for years spent working in the field while trying to pay for your education so you could work in the field. Some call it The School of Hard Knocks; others, "practical experience." Now feast your eyes on the full release:</p><p><strong>NCARB Streamlines Path to Certification for Architects</strong><br><em>Architects without a degree from an accredited program can pursue NCARB certification through&nbsp;a new path.</em></p><p>Washington, DC&mdash;The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has launched the first&nbsp;phase of its revised certification path for architects without a degree from a program accredited by the National&nbsp;Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NCARB Certificate facilitates reciprocal licensure among t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991793/researchers-develop-a-new-solution-to-protect-deteriorating-marble Researchers develop a new solution to protect deteriorating marble Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T17:32:00-05:00 >2017-02-13T17:32:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ix/ix3hh4243efs4p9q.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Princeton University researchers have announced the development of a low-cost, nontoxic coating that can preserve iconic stone structures from decay. Comprised of hydroxyapatite, a calcium compound that can be found in bones and teeth, the solution seeps into the stone&rsquo;s surface, binding cracks. According to the press release, the result is a stronger, more resilient work of art.</p><p>The researchers developed the solution for the stone monuments that populate the Certosa di Bologna cemetery in Italy. Made of marble, the stones have started to deteriorate. Apparently, the major innovation at hand is finding that the nontoxic solvent used in the solution, water, can seep deep into the cracks, causing a reaction within 24 hours.</p><p>Now researchers are working towards further improving the hydroxyapatite treatment by adding alcohol as well as electric currents.</p><p><a href="http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S48/57/94K62/index.xml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Princeton</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jv/jv7fgbvrfjs6qy5h.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991311/designing-together-in-the-cloud-how-architects-and-engineers-use-cloud-collaboration-to-increase-productivity Designing Together in the Cloud: How architects and engineers use cloud collaboration to increase productivity Sponsor 2017-02-13T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T20:17:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2r/2rhv89oojgyhryoe.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIM 360 Team</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Your latest building design project is moving forward quickly. But you discovered a small hitch yesterday: the MEP engineers referred to an old version of the structural model while modifying the duct work. Luckily, the team spotted and resolved the issue before it created serious problems or caused more than a couple hours of rework. Not a big deal, but it could have led to the kind of design error that 21% of architects consider to be a top cause of uncertainty and potential issues on projects. Working in the cloud delivers the power to prevent those kinds of errors.</p><p>According to the Construction Industry Council, cloud computing is on track to become the leading way firms store and share design models. That&rsquo;s because when design teams work in the cloud, they get anytime, anywhere access to the latest design information. They can also quickly review any up-to-date changes without even opening the latest version of the model in their Build...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991325/editor-s-picks-463 Editor's Picks #463 Nam Henderson 2017-02-10T14:50:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T14:50:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tw/tw9z8p4ylep44v35.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149987675/small-studio-snapshots-milli-ns" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">latest</a> in the newish series, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/845829/small-studio-snapshots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korod</a>y chatted with Los Angeles-based studio <a href="http://www.millionsarchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MILLI&Oslash;NS</a>. <a href="http://archinect.com/dtelmore" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Elmore</a>&nbsp;felt "<em>these guys sound legit in their intentions and I'm looking forward to seeing what they produce in the future...The rest of the article is uncommonly decipherable for architects</em>".</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ma/magackflp4fnu9ri.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/colombostefano" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Colombo</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/lucamarullo" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luca Marullo</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/eugenio.cosentino" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eugenio Cosentino</a> went "<em>Looking for a picture that represents something related to the internet&rsquo; and ending up thinking &ldquo;about the desert.</em>"&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/max-headroom-f-aia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Max Headroom, F.AIA</a> got excited "<em>the phrase 'last existing encrypted space&rsquo; is genius on many many levels. &nbsp;exciting work!</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rd/rdimhrko8n97hkua.jpg"><br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>In an interview with NPR&rsquo;s MarketPlace Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explained</a> how computers are superior (in some things) to human designers.&nbsp;<strong>JamesJoist</strong> got serious</p><p>"<em>Spoken like true transhumanist scum; I often think AutoCAD was one of the worst things to happen to architecture.&rdquo; As you might expect the overall reception was poor</em>."</p><p>Reacting to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988324/get-lectured-carnegie-mellon-university-spring-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">all-female lineup f...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149990863/the-video-oculus-surveys-the-history-context-and-execution-of-calatrava-s-transit-hub The video "Oculus" surveys the history, context, and execution of Calatrava's transit hub Julia Ingalls 2017-02-07T18:24:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T18:24:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/pl/pllpac838c5w9qlx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How does Santiago Calatrava's Oculus encapsulate the complex history and significance of its site? In this brief video from filmmaker Jeff Durkin, Calatrava's elaborate transit hub canopy is sited in its aesthetic and social contexts via a series of carefully selected voice-over news clips and aesthetic commentary. Here, the horror of 9/11, the beauty of human perception, and sweeping shots of the architecture itself are layered to create this filmmaker's interpretation of what the Oculus is. Watch it here:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989534/pro-tips-on-sketching-for-virtual-reality Pro Tips on sketching for virtual reality Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T19:57:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T00:33:40-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vk/vkwr3w1jogv96lhh.jpg" width="650" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In any great hack, speed and convenience reduce formerly tedious, mind-numbing tasks into relatively easy operations. This appears to be the case with <a href="https://virtualrealitypop.com/vr-sketches-56599f99b357#.k4o8uj84o" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volodymyr Kurbatov's tips</a> on hand sketching numerous POVs/scenarios for virtual reality simulations. He breaks down the process with helpful diagrams and downloadable templates, explaining in his distinctive syntax:</p><p><em>I&rsquo;m an old fashion guy who likes taking the pencil first.</em></p><p><em>So I tried to use 360 panorama grid to align my sketches to wide angle view. It was looking not very spectacular, till I scanned it and put on my face.</em></p><p><em>And it is working! So I&rsquo;ll be glad to share my process step by step.</em></p><ol></ol> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988697/400-of-the-smartest-acres-in-the-country 400 of the smartest acres in the country Nam Henderson 2017-01-31T19:06:00-05:00 >2017-02-01T14:32:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d1/d1v1qilyh61u7z2h.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Japanese technology giant wanted a place to experiment with solar power and renewable energy, autonomous vehicles and other technologies. And it needed a public partner and community support. It found that in Denver, DIA, Xcel Energy, developer LC Fulenwider and many others.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ca/caft2qxbvdhn4ndi.jpg"></p><p>Tamara Chuang highlights some of the technology (ranging from consumer electronics, to "smart" public infrastructure) Panasonic was hawking at CES 2017. Some of which will be employed at <a href="http://www.penastation.com/Home.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pe&ntilde;a Station Next</a>, a new TOD, smart city lab on the edge of Denver International Airport. <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/11/pena-station-next-panasonic-smart-city/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Last month</a>, she reported on the installation of some of the first bits, brains for 53 street lights.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149989454/christo-abandons-15-million-u-s-based-river-project-as-protest-against-landlord-trump Christo abandons $15 million U.S.-based river project as protest against "landlord" Trump Julia Ingalls 2017-01-31T12:46:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T00:38:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/to/toia3kpmoz7ycke1.jpg" width="620" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Christo's proposed silver-fabric-panel draped "Over the River" project has been in the making for about 25 years, after he started hunting for a natural host site in 1992 and then gradually garnered the neccessary official approvals and permits over the following decades for a 42-mile stretch along the Colorado River. However, the artist is abandoning the $15 million dollar project as a protest against President Trump, explaining that&nbsp;&ldquo;The federal government is our landlord.&nbsp;They own the land. And I can&rsquo;t do a project that benefits this landlord.&rdquo; Although it's doubtful that the official landlord would appreciate the nuance and splendor of Christo's work, the people of Colorado would have undoubtedly benefitted economically from tourists.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988830/refugee-shelter-takes-top-prize-for-the-beazley-designs-of-2016 Refugee shelter takes top prize for the Beazley Designs of 2016 Julia Ingalls 2017-01-26T20:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-07T21:04:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ah/ahvjgip8djb2bzcn.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by Johan Karlsson, Dennis Kanter, Christian Gustafsson, John van Leer, Tim de Haas, Nicol&ograve; Barlera, the IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the photovoltaic panel-powered refugee shelter "Better Shelter" has been named the Beazley Design of the Year, beating out the five other category winners to take the top spot.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8w9r77drl2iff8a.jpg"></p><p>According to a press release, 30,000 of the shelters, which only take a few hours to assemble from their two-box, fully equipped kit, are currently being used globally.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mu/munvilh0iin76quz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5r/5rc9dii4hi5tyc7t.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988441/swiping-right-or-left-on-the-architectural-future-of-the-city-of-santa-monica Swiping right (or left!) on the architectural future of the city of Santa Monica Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T19:54:00-05:00 >2017-02-05T21:29:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wb/wbkvir5wa3msi80f.jpg" width="650" height="534" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Combining the swiftness of contemporary dating with the decades-long process of urban planning, the city of Santa Monica has introduced "CitySwipe," an app that allows you to comment on everything from transportation to building design to the availability of fine dining in Santa Monica's downtown.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sj/sjqpa1cymc079pw3.jpg"></p><p>You don't even have to live in Santa Monica to weigh-in (<a href="http://www.dtsmcityswipe.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">there's a swipe for that</a>). As civic data gathering goes, it is definitely more fun than the census, and more pictorially honest than most hook-up apps.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988150/a-robot-revolution-is-coming-to-the-developing-world A robot revolution is coming to the developing world Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T17:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-24T09:02:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/be9h8o4wdippugsg.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s a lot of talk these days about jobs&mdash;bringing them &ldquo;back&rdquo; and creating new ones. But, as Bloomberg <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-01-09/the-robot-threat-donald-trump-isn-t-talking-abou" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, high labor costs incentivize corporations to automate. What&rsquo;s more? Apparently robots are about to do what they did to US manufacturing in the developing world. According to the UN, two-thirds of jobs in developing countries may be on the cutting block.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It took 50 years for the world to install the first million industrial robots. The next million will take only eight, according to Macquarie,&rdquo; writes Chris Bryant and Elaine He. &ldquo;Importantly, much of the recent growth happened outside the U.S., in particular in China, which has an aging population and where wages have risen."</p><p>Factories aren't the only job sites that could soon be populated with more robots than people. Construction is obviously a field ripe for robotic disruption&mdash;but, so is design itself. Then again, if you use CAD software, you probably already knew that.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149988057/for-some-uber-drivers-their-cars-double-as-beds For some Uber drivers, their cars double as beds Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T14:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T14:18:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/775uu4zevthtnl01.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vast majority of Uber&rsquo;s full-time drivers return home to their beds at the end of a day&rsquo;s work. But all over the country, there are many who don&rsquo;t. These drivers live near, but not in, expensive cities where they can tap higher fares, ferrying wealthier, white-collar workers to their jobs and out to dinner&mdash;but where they can&rsquo;t make enough money to get by, even with longer hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>To maximize their time, drivers find supermarket parking lots, airports and hostels where they catch several hours of sleep after taking riders home from bars and before starting the morning commute.</em></p>