Archinect - News 2014-07-24T19:13:14-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/104941214/anti-surveillance-camouflage-for-your-face Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T16:04:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/95b1c92cde607682ba8aef6c3d41f637.jpg" width="514" height="129" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind CV dazzle is simple. Facial recognition algorithms look for certain patterns when they analyze images: patterns of light and dark in the cheekbones, or the way color is distributed on the nose bridge&mdash;a baseline amount of symmetry. These hallmarks all betray the uniqueness of a human visage. If you obstruct them, the algorithm can&rsquo;t separate a face from any other swath of pixels.</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/104937987/medell-n-made-urban-escalators-famous-but-have-they-had-any-impact MedellĂ­n made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T19:12:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/62201c98423eac9c80c955cd686936d1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Medell&iacute;n has gained much attention for its urban transformation &mdash; and the escalators, which won several international prizes for innovation, make up one of the most striking projects. [...] But are the escalators making any real economic or social impact in the neighborhood? To find out, I spent three months in Medell&iacute;n talking with people in Comuna 13 about what has and hasn&rsquo;t changed here.</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/104863252/twitterbot-can-now-warn-uk-residents-when-river-levels-are-rising Twitterbot can now warn UK residents when river-levels are rising Archinect 2014-07-23T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-23T13:53:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4l/4lvkxi9xlf6s7twj.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A unique collaborative project has been launched, bringing a constant stream of live river level data to anyone who needs to stay up-to-date with environmental conditions. Shoothill GaugeMap brings the real-time status of England and Wales&rsquo; rivers and tides from Environment Agency monitoring stations, to people in an accessible and user-friendly manner. It works via the web and Twitter, and is available on all major desktop browsers, tablets and smartphones.</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/104798959/a-glimpse-of-evolo-s-latest-book-digital-parametric-architecture A glimpse of eVolo's latest book, "Digital & Parametric Architecture" Justine Testado 2014-07-22T18:09:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:53:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59jglvtxh758p5nx.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From the creators of the popular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96120397/2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscraper Competition</a>, you can now get your hands on a copy of <a href="http://evolo.us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">eVolo</a>'s latest book, "Digital &amp; Parametric Architecture".</p><p>This 312-page book dives into the "architecture of the future"&nbsp;&mdash; from the development of the latest digital tools to how they are utilized in a variety of digitally designed and fabricated projects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/oh/oh6xihyyml1saqse.jpg"></p><p>"Digital &amp; Parametric Architecture explores the development of the latest digital tools including advance-modeling software and computer aided design in the production of architecture. It is a journey through the most fascinating projects, digitally designed and fabricated, during the second decade of the 21st century. "</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n7/n7z5j3sij9chh1t1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p797av08f37cc5m6.jpg"></p><p>"The book highlights the use of these technologies to explore tectonic operations such as sectioning, folding, contouring, and tessellating. A wide variety of projects that range in scale and location offer an insight into the architecture of the future."</p><p>You can purchase the book <a href="http://shop.evolo.us/product/evolo-06-digital-parametric-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96120397/2014-evolo-skyscraper-competition-winners" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014 eVolo Skyscraper Compet...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104785261/airbnb-host-forced-to-evict-squatter-in-palm-springs-rental Airbnb host forced to evict squatter in Palm Springs rental Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-22T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T13:49:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqnrmjd4l590us39.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A woman rented her 600-square-foot Palm Springs, California, condo to someone for a little over a month, and now she says the guy won't leave and is threatening to sue her. She's had to hire a lawyer and go through the entire eviction process, which could take 3-6 months, the same as if he were a long-term tenant. It's "been a nightmare," the host, Cory Tschogl, told Business Insider.</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/104720996/mapping-the-city-statistic-by-statistic Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s &ldquo;You Are Here&rdquo; project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google&rsquo;s map directions services API.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Direct link to <a href="http://youarehere.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104715361/how-barcelona-and-philadelphia-are-turning-procurement-upside-down How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down Archinect 2014-07-21T15:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-21T15:38:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6d/6d9a647f65639933d9cea870a754ab49.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rather than laying out exactly what it wants to buy (say, bike lockers), Barcelona is laying out six problems it wants to fix (such as reducing bike theft). Responses could involve buying things, but they might also suggest new services, regulatory changes or any other means of accomplishing the goal. Anyone around the world with a creative idea, including startup companies or even individuals, has a shot at a contract and all the market legitimacy that comes with that.</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/104709729/helsinki-s-ambitious-plan-to-make-car-ownership-pointless-in-10-years Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-21T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T10:19:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6aq22pjnlm9namdq.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Helsinki] has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 ... allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. [...] Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and ... the app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries</p></em><br /><br /><p>Where apps and mass transit collide, commuters struggle most with coordination. Now, with so many different forms of transit, both public and privately mediated, commuters (and cities) need navigation tools that compare all options for them. Making this as accessible as possible, as Helsinki is trying to do, also eases the transition away from private-car ownership, by making all types of transportations options seem just as imminently accessible as your car in the driveway.</p><p>The U.S. is also experimenting with these "point-to-point", "mobility on demand" transit systems. <a href="http://www.bridj.com/#new-page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bridj</a>, a new bus company in Boston, doesn't actually own buses but will create routes, nearly in real-time, based on rider's mobility data, and then contract actual bus companies to get people where they need to go.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104338763/designer-uses-magnetized-clay-to-create-radical-forms Designer Uses Magnetized Clay to Create Radical Forms Nicholas Korody 2014-07-16T18:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-18T12:35:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v3p1nsuvbg1erga4.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Magnets might hold mysterious appeal for some, but for Jolan Van der Wiel, they&rsquo;re just another tool. For the past few years, the Dutch designer has been experimenting with magnetism to shape and create objects like violent looking stools and futuristic couture dresses [...] He envisions that someday&mdash;with a big enough magnet, of course&mdash;we could use this same principle to shape larger architectural pieces.</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/104243715/autistic-teens-use-architecture-software-to-build-job-skills Autistic teens use architecture software to build job skills Archinect 2014-07-15T12:51:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T19:45:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/ae5a66f7c3d3b8f1687154acf548989d.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sixteen-year-old Mason Dimock can focus intently on one subject, thinks visually and spatially, and is interested in technology &mdash; skills that have helped him land a summer job designing for a construction company. He and nine other Salt Lake City teens were selected for a pilot project by NeuroVersity, a company that aims to give students with autism or similar disorders the training they&rsquo;ll need for careers. The students work with 3-D imaging software called SketchUp Make, developed by Google.</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/104187496/what-happens-when-digital-cities-are-abandoned What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned? Archinect 2014-07-14T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:12:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8f1954f1c061d588b5d751f9c6b19ec.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m a quiet fan of these urban explorers, people who devote time to poking around abandoned buildings or &ldquo;haikyo&rdquo;.... And because I&rsquo;ve spent so much time inhabiting digital rooms myself, I often think about how time decays digital structures. I imagine all of the strings of text that have come before or after mine that similarly disappeared into the void. But what happens when those spaces stick around, as in a virtual world&mdash;when they can&rsquo;t physically decay?</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/104171398/sorry-your-phone-is-blocked-in-this-coffee-bar Sorry, Your Phone Is Blocked In This Coffee Bar Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:47:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8ff9c3853d9da95cc95dd6c26d93b860.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist Julien F. Thomas and architecture office Hughes Condon Marler have designed a coffee bar in Vancouver that disconnects you from all wireless networks once you&rsquo;re inside. The Faraday Caf&eacute; in Vancouver got its name from the Faraday Cage, a material shield around the bar&rsquo;s interior that was built by the designers to block all electromagnetic signals. By creating a place without any digital connections the owners [...] hope to restore non-digital, social interaction between people.</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/104081482/world-s-first-climate-controlled-domed-city-to-be-built-in-dubai World's first climate-controlled domed city to be built in Dubai Miles Jaffe 2014-07-13T12:48:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:54:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iys5ivo6my7lq9g6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some have already joked about the city's future three million square foot "wellness district,&rdquo; saying it is being designed for those who shop not only for new outfits, but also for new bodies. According to the project's press release, the domed wellness area "will offer a holistic experience to medical tourists and their families, ensuring access to quality healthcare, specialized surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments."</p></em><br /><br /><p>And thus we have the blueprint of the 0.1%'s vision of the future. An 'ideal' world existing inside a bubble, safe from the starving, diseased masses.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103781029/culture-wars-in-san-francisco Culture Wars in San Francisco Nicholas Korody 2014-07-09T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T13:03:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hw23irh0hugahwsi.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>San Francisco today has the second-highest median income in the United States, but, even using that peg, middle-income San Franciscans can afford less than a sixth of the homes available in town. Every city on the up-and-up must contend with a gap between rich and poor. Yet few have also, like San Francisco, managed to immiserate a relatively well-heeled middle class.</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/103780218/these-bricks-are-like-lego-for-full-sized-buildings These bricks are like Lego for full-sized buildings Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-09T12:46:00-04:00 >2014-07-15T10:50:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/52/52a91d30ab89d4a776afe488f9c56546.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kite Bricks has developed "Smart Bricks" (S-Bricks) made out of high-strength concrete that can be used to make buildings rapidly, cheaply and energy efficiently. The bricks -- which are patent pending -- are much like Lego in that they come in a variety of forms for different purposes and can easily connect together, with rows of knobs along the top of bricks that slot into voids along the bottom of other bricks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out this video explainer for the S-Bricks:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103723986/first-photos-of-enormous-facade-element-for-apple-s-ufo First photos of enormous facade element for Apple's UFO Archinect 2014-07-08T19:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T12:38:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kv/kv24kgmolncqbrdx.jpg" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photos have emerged of what looks like the first facade piece for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/148074/apple-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new mega HQ</a>.</p><p>While civil engineering is now well underway at the site in Cupertino, California, the facade element was spotted thousands of miles away in the tiny Bavarian town of Gundelfingen. Josef Gartner GmbH, a Germany company specialized in steel-and-glass construction, had won the contract to deliver the facade elements for Apple's UFO, and it appears that the first prototype has now been put on display for presentation and testing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/g6/g6kf31918ho7nqdx.jpg"></p><p>Images show how the minimal curvature of the facade element foreshadows the colossal scale of the final, completed building with two of these elements eventually stacked on top of each other.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srus5ku5b987xczt.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j2/j2dm24di3bwn4nrj.jpg"></p><p>Completion of the&nbsp;Foster + Partners-designed headquarters is expected for 2016.</p><p><em>H/T and photos: <a href="http://www.ifun.de/apple-firmenzentrale-ein-erster-blick-auf-die-neue-fassade-62647/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ifun</a></em></p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/56839029/confidential-architectural-drawings-of-new-apple-hq-leaked" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Confidential" architectural drawings of new Apple HQ leaked</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103718360/typhoon-threatens-japan-s-already-vulnerable-infrastructure Typhoon Threatens Japan's Already Vulnerable Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-07-08T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T17:29:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p0/p0tqjo5ww41xn3bw.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Okinawa and Kyushu prepare to take the brunt of what was until Monday categorized as a &ldquo;super typhoon,&rdquo; local infrastructure will be pushed to its limits, especially in Kyushu, where the area is saturated from heavy rains last week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Typhoon Neoguri is the strongest typhoon of the 2014 season, thus far. As it barrels through the Ryukyu island chain and towards mainland Japan, the storm is already taking its toll. Reports claim <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-neoguri-japan-okinawa-pacific-20140708" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25 people have been injured, thousands are without electricity, and 540,000 have been ordered to evacuate to temporary shelters.</a></p><p>Japan is particularly vulnerable as it struggles to recover from the tsunami that led to the catastrophic&nbsp;Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor meltdown in 2011. While new national policies have temporarily shut down other nuclear facilities, apparently <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/super-typhoon-threatens-three-japans-nuclear-power-plants-1620626" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">three are currently at risk from Typhoon Neoguri.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>Scientists believe that <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/07/08/climate-change-global-warming-hurricanes/2498611/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hurricanes and typhoons will continue to increase in severity as global warming raises ocean temperatures</a>. Maintaining aging infrastructure systems will become increasingly difficult in the next few decades, particularly for countries with extensive coastlines. And without them, providing adequate shelter and resources to temporary climate refuge...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103174156/20-scholarships-for-aa-bilbao-visiting-school-computing-topos-iii-2014 20 Scholarships for AA BILBAO Visiting School: COMPUTING TOPOS III 2014 Archinect 2014-07-01T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T14:54:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ef/efbih3wutqj13kln.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/visitingProgramme.php" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Visiting School</a> is a worldwide network of design workshops and other&nbsp;programs organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture. The event will take place in&nbsp;Bilbao&nbsp;from July 23rd to August 5th, focusing on new lectures over territorial macro and micro scales.</p><p>We have 20 scholarships for our Archinect readers interested on this activity &mdash; you just need to send your CV/portfolio and a statement explaining why you would like to participate in this event. For more details read below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zc/zczi99pnlt1jgixq.jpg"></p><p>From the AA Bilbao/San Sebastian Visiting School description:</p><p>"The workshop will explore the question of &lsquo;place&rsquo; or &lsquo;topos&rsquo; and its radical transformation in the recent years due to the proliferation and availability of environmental parameters. Departing from the notion of &lsquo;computing,&rsquo; understood as information processing, strategies of &lsquo;data mining&rsquo; and &lsquo;indexing&rsquo; will be proposed as sensible readings of the site and the territory."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ckwj5s1hs9wg6th7.jpg"></p><p>"The breeding of local environmental parameters will ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103117907/pbs-premiere-of-time-scanners-brings-3d-digital-preservation-technology-to-a-wider-audience PBS' premiere of "Time Scanners" brings 3D digital preservation technology to a wider audience Justine Testado 2014-07-01T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:58:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aq15ad5gtt90dtui.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.pbs.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS</a> taps into the growing presence of 3D digital preservation on their new show, <em>Time Scanners</em>, which will premiere its first episode tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The three-part series will peruse the ancient iconic sites of the Egyptian Pyramids, St. Paul&rsquo;s Cathedral in London, and the city of Petra in Jordan through the use of 3D laser-scanning technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t1/t1om4fhdkktlea1u.jpg"></p><p>Hosted by Dallas Campbell, each episode will follow Steve Burrows&nbsp;&mdash; the notable structural engineer known for working on the Bird's Nest Stadium at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics&nbsp;&mdash; and his team of investigators as they discover each landmark's physical and forensic history and scientific secrets.</p><p>Below are summaries of each episode:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lp/lpb1svzdvwgxqf01.jpg"></p><p><strong>July 1, <em>Egyptian Pyramids</em>: </strong>"The team travels to Egypt to scan the pyramids to find out how the necropoles evolved from simple mud-brick structures to the most impressive buildings in the ancient world. They use their laser technology to scan Djoser&rsquo;s Step Pyramid at Saqqara, Meidum&rsquo;s collapsed pyramid, the m...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103170138/which-architect-is-winning-the-3d-printing-rat-race Which Architect Is Winning The 3D Printing Rat Race? Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:32:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adce0c14946261d3284371f5e81f4819.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects and builders all over the world seem to be participating in a fictional rat race to build the very first 3D-printed house. In the past five years we&rsquo;ve seen quite some drawings and models of 3D-printed architecture, but only few architects have the printers running until now. In this article we&rsquo;ll compare five of the most prominent 3D-printing initiatives in the world to find out what 3D-printed architecture has in store for the coming years.</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/103115489/temple-university-physicist-proposes-three-1-000-foot-walls-to-tornado-proof-midwest Temple University Physicist proposes three 1,000-foot walls to tornado-proof Midwest Archinect 2014-06-30T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T18:17:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8aedd30802abc02ef93b4f71939ea30.jpg" width="514" height="1160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China... that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest&mdash;but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China's plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming. Tao, then, is essentially suggesting we build mountain range-sized walls across Tornado Alley...</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/103092958/a-new-mapping-tool-lets-nyc-residents-peek-into-developers-plans A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans Alexander Walter 2014-06-30T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T13:41:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08f30bb3b0bbd0087e57187ee401adbd.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Municipal Art Society of New York has developed a new tool that shows where development could bring the most change across the city's five boroughs. This resource is a continuation of the group's "Accidental Skyline" initiative, an effort to curb the "as-of-right" development (which allows developers to bypass some regulatory hurdles) that has resulted in some of New York's tallest and skinniest new skyscrapers.</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/102877898/one-way-to-play-with-your-food-create-a-food-machine-from-the-swedish-forest One way to "Play with Your Food": create a Food Machine from the Swedish forest Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-27T19:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T22:39:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rh/rh2asm885sm7cv54.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For some meals, it's not the food that makes it special, but how it was prepared. A cake made by a dear friend can taste better than the one bought from the bakery; instant oatmeal becomes transcendent made over a campfire in the woods. The traditions of cooking that we abide by are part economical, part chemical science, part sorcery &mdash;&nbsp;what comes out the other end is an alchemy.</p><p>&nbsp;"<a href="http://sanjuan.aaschool.ac.uk/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play with Your Food</a>", the <a href="http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/sanjuan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Visiting School</a> being held this summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, wants to investigate that alchemical process from an architectural perspective. What can the design process of architecture learn from the designed process of cooking and mixology? One experimental approach to this way of thinking comes by way of the "<a href="http://collaborativecooking.net/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Food Machine</a>", an automated kitchen device cooked up by a group of Swedish designers. <a href="http://www.pjadad.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Petter Johansson</a>, <a href="http://www.christianisberg.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christian Isberg</a>, <a href="http://lassekorsgaard.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lasse Korsgaard</a> and Carl Bergl&ouml;f created an open-source cooking device, that can be accessed by multiple people at once from anywhere in the worl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102859401/muscovites-are-voting-by-smartphone-on-whether-to-demolish-a-beloved-modernist-landmark Muscovites are voting by smartphone on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark Alexander Walter 2014-06-27T12:56:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:00:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/20/20329af5d6fce96ea458eb24f943753b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Moscow city government is asking citizens to weigh in on the fate of the Shukhov radio tower, a rusted icon of Soviet constructivist architecture that&rsquo;s threatened with demolition. [...] The vote, which began this week and runs until July 6, is being held on Active Citizen, an iOS and Android app released by the city last month. The app polls citizens on topics such as street-tree planting and changes to daylight savings time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95870906/architects-try-to-save-a-tower-in-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102799938/scientists-develop-technique-to-improve-flexible-conductive-transparent-glass Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass Nicholas Korody 2014-06-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T09:23:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81bbhq10dkjfbon0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new technique developed by a Binghamton University physicist and his colleagues will improve the quality of flexible, conductive, transparent glass. (The sort that's needed for Minority Report-style giant computer displays.)[...] Creating a more reliable production process for a-IGZO will save electronics manufacturers money. It could also reduce energy use, as a fully transparent display can take advantage of ambient light and does not require as much backlighting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Advances in technologies such as this one will enable glass to go beyond transparency and become screens, with the potential to radically change architecture and urbanism. A future in which windows, doors, and even walls could stream movies or display art is fast approaching.&nbsp;LED and LCD screens have already become ubiquitous in many cities for advertising. And in Beijing, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540955/Beijing-clouded-smog-way-sunrise-watch-giant-commercial-screens-Tiananmen-Square.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">screens are being used to display sunrises because air pollution is so bad that the skies are almost perpetually gray</a> &ndash; a reminder that cool technology doesn't alone make a for a sci-fi utopia.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102796714/relocation-or-adaptation-building-a-diy-civilization Relocation or Adaptation: Building a DIY Civilization Nicholas Korody 2014-06-26T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w7/w7exx6k0gajj7fey.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How do you build a civilization from scratch? According to <a href="http://opensourceecology.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Source Ecology </a>(OSE), the first step is building the right machines.</p><p>Started by Marcin Jakubowski in 2003, OSE is a network of farmers, architects, and engineers based in rural Missouri with branches in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and California. According to their<a href="http://opensourceecology.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> website</a>, their mission is &ldquo;to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution &ndash; via open source collaboration &ndash; to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i2/i29dnywreflinzdw.jpg"></p><p>Basically, the idea is that a self-sufficient community requires proper tools and equipment, which within our current economy are prohibitively expensive both to purchase and maintain. By developing open source industrial machines, OSE hopes to reduce such expenses to a fraction of their current cost while simultaneously eliminating reliance on global corporations.</p><p>The eventual goal of OSE is to manufacture the Global Village Construction Set (GVSE), ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102781415/sky-cars-coming-to-tel-aviv-in-2015 Sky Cars Coming to Tel Aviv in 2015 Alexander Walter 2014-06-26T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-06-26T12:34:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/434e4530b365b5d53034d50ccc29d0b5.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials in Tel Aviv, Israel, announced this week that the long-anticipated skyTran system should be up and running by the end of 2015. Tel Aviv &mdash; globally famous for its terminally congested traffic &mdash; will serve as the pilot program for planned systems in Europe, India and the United States. [...] Call up a sky car on your smart phone and the pod-shaped vehicle will pick you up at a designated station and whisk you off to any other station on the system.</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/102730024/google-announces-new-forays-into-smart-homes-at-i-o Google announces new forays into smart homes at I/O Nicholas Korody 2014-06-25T20:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:10:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/uj/ujuk0q1yc5j2pb9z.jpg" width="514" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Opening the Nest platform to outside developers will allow Google to move into the emerging market for connected, smart home devices. Experts expect that this so-called "Internet of Things" phenomenon will change the way people use technology in much the same way that smartphones have changed life since the introduction of Apple's iPhone seven years ago.</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/102627845/india-s-prime-minister-promising-to-make-old-cities-smart India's prime minister promising to make old cities "smart" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-24T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:25:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0w/0wvy8p5x9yc1f5ve.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Old Indian cities like Varanasi, Amritsar, Kolkata and even Delhi, could be in for a facelift over the next few years with the Narendra Modi government planning to develop modern satellite towns around these cities under the 100 Smart City programme, while upgrading the decaying infrastructure of the old towns. [...] All new cities will have integrated transport &mdash; modern bus systems, trams, metro rail and bicycle tracks &mdash; aided by satellite mapping, garbage disposal and solid waste management.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Before becoming India's prime minister and promising to make cities smart, Narendra Modi's campaign was focused on a slightly less lofty goal: "toilets before temples":<br><br>The BJP leader is quite right to declare that India&nbsp;should spend less money on devotion and more on sanitation. According to 2011 census data, nearly half of households have no access to a toilet, forcing inhabitants to defecate in the open. More Indians own a mobile phone than a lavatory of their own. Poor hygiene, not lack of food, is the main reason that 40 per cent of children are malnourished. Much of Mr Modi&rsquo;s appeal, which has swept through India like a brush fire, lies in his promise to conjure the growth that will eradicate such dire conditions and set his supporters on the road to a middle-class life.</p><p>-&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bab8489c-da92-11e3-8273-00144feabdc0.html#axzz35ZkHbnzp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>David Pilling for the Financial Times</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102575622/quirky-to-create-a-smart-home-products-company Quirky to Create a Smart-Home Products Company Archinect 2014-06-23T20:46:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T20:47:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37377695fa5566cb2a5d29d6f7828a5d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company will lead an ambitious effort, beginning next month, to accelerate the adoption of smart-home products. It is setting up a separate company, Wink, whose main technology is software intended to be the equivalent of an open operating system, helping to seamlessly connect all kinds of automated home devices.</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>