Archinect - News 2014-08-01T18:33:18-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105567174/structural-awards-2014-shortlist-is-announced Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced Justine Testado 2014-08-01T17:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T17:55:53-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gmnmelin4982lxf.jpg" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. The Institution of Structural Engineers revealed the 2014 shortlist for their annual Structural Awards today. The awards recognize achievement, innovation, and excellence in the field of structural engineering in addition to promoting its significant role in the creation of inventive design solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the shortlisted projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37q2kacp0i72cmid.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pzzll7445wegvo7f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tngpzqii2ubsqz6o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37e7aygvcogwehfr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gzihsdvxtuglndsl.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/structural_awards_2014_shortlist_is_announced/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:33:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d9797b7cf9bdca79639231f5a2b53ff.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter the UltraRope, a new kind of lift cable developed by Finnish elevator company Kone. Eschewing woven steel cable in favour of carbon fibre, the UltraRope is described as &ldquo;lift-hoisting technology&rdquo; [...]. Strong and lightweight, the UltraRope will supposedly allow lifts to travel up to 1km in a single run, double what&rsquo;s currently possible with a steel cable. The UltraRope is 90% lighter than the equivalent steel cable, thereby reducing the load and enabling far taller continuous runs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105480419/i-quant-ny-visualizing-nyc-s-open-data I Quant NY: Visualizing NYC's Open Data Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-31T14:54:00-04:00 >2014-07-31T14:54:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hk/hkoldccb4mmnnvyz.jpg" width="514" height="636" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Quantitative Analysis of NYC Open Data: Every data set that the city releases tells a story. This blog is all about telling those stories, one data set at a time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ben Wellington's "<a href="http://iquantny.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I Quant NY</a>" blog is a gem in data-driven journalism's crown. Featuring visualizations of data sets from&nbsp;New York City's remarkable Open Data Portal, the blog covers a wide-variety of civic topics, everything from mapping fire hydrant usage to rate of taxi complaints by borough.&nbsp;</p><p>Wellington began using the Open Data Portal as coursework for his statistics class, teaching urban planning students at the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/72600/pratt-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute</a>.</p><p>h/t to <a href="http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/07/graphing-new-yorkers-lives-through-the-open-data-portal/375277/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">City Lab</a>, who spoke with Wellington about his blog and teaching stats to city planners.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105350225/editor-s-picks-378 Editor's Picks #378 Nam Henderson 2014-07-30T15:14:00-04:00 >2014-07-30T17:40:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ke/kerbjdzs7y6mb4jn.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;Editorial Manager for Archinect, penned another essay in the "<em>non-conclusive series</em>"&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/330501/aftershock" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock</a></strong>.&nbsp;Titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brains and the City</a>,&nbsp;in it she explores a new world of EEG urbanism, GSAPP&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thecloudlab.org/index.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cloud Lab</a>, brain computer interfaces and human architect-slash-neuroscientist designer(s).&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;is very interested in this line of research. He believes, "<em>I think as a good option for finding a 'legitimacy' to the art and science of architecture, neuroscience, and more specifically phenomenology-neuroscience-architecture is a very exciting path what tons of potential.</em>"&nbsp;<strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;is "<em>Looking forward to the next installment, conclusive or not</em>".</p><p>Plus, <strong>#21&nbsp;</strong>of <strong>Screen/Print</strong>: featured <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104868902/screen-print-21-log-31-new-ancients" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Log 31,&nbsp;"<em>New Ancients</em>"</a></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>As an offshoot of the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/tag/378110/deans-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> editorial series, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104719391/fresh-deans-picking-the-brains-of-a-few-newly-appointed-leaders-in-architecture-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect interviewed a few of the newly appointed leaders in architecture education</a>, to survey their plans for the position at the very beginning of their tenure.&nbsp;<strong>anonitect</strong> defended Donna Sink's earlier comments which "<em>are tot...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105327718/will-blexting-help-with-detroit-blight Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d3dfb9154366e1f6543526a9296ff20.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process &mdash; the awful-sounding &ldquo;blexting.&rdquo;) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several &ldquo;blexting bootcamps,&rdquo; will be held in coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103247268/despite-successes-blight-still-threatens-detroit-s-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105305181/even-bacteria-are-architects Even bacteria are architects Nam Henderson 2014-07-29T12:02:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T16:24:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wy/wytksoxwi9m5f7j3.jpg" width="500" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until present, we knew of similar patterns created from saline solutions and isolated proteins, but this is the first report that demonstrates how whole bacterial cells can manage the crystallisation of sodium chloride (NaCl) and generate self-organised biosaline structures of a fractal or dendritic appearance.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Recent work by researchers from the &nbsp;Laboratory of BioMineralogy and Astrobiological Research at the&nbsp;University of Valladolid-CSIC, Spain, has discovered that bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate.</p><p>&nbsp;h/t @<a href="https://twitter.com/bldgblog/status/492843414644215809" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Geoff Manaugh</a></p><p>Also, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72714152/cities-of-the-future-built-by-drones-bacteria-and-3-d-printers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously and related</a>..?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105259431/what-the-future-looks-like-to-north-koreans-who-have-never-left What The Future Looks Like To North Koreans Who Have Never Left Archinect 2014-07-28T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T18:47:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/90/909db09da3110adf8b5e9b0208941462.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] One of its latest projects: Inviting a North Korean architect to imagine the future of local design for travel. The Jetsons-style results include hovercraft hotel rooms and cone-shaped mountain villas connected by ski slopes. Nothing looks like it would be that out of place in a 1950s magazine, down to details like an old-fashioned rotary phone. This is what the future looks like to someone living in a place that's been cut off from the rest of the world since 1948.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The project <em>Utopian Tours</em>, initiated by English-born landscape architect turned Beijing-based North Korea tour operator <a href="http://koryogroup.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nick Bonner</a>, was part of the Korean Peninsula&rsquo;s &ldquo;Crow&rsquo;s Eye View&rdquo; pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100533391/details-into-the-korean-peninsula-s-crow-s-eye-view-pavilion-for-the-2014-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105248978/what-urban-physics-could-tell-us-about-how-cities-work What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:43:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/771104930d61d39d18360c36f9ade9e3.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What does a city look like? If you&rsquo;re walking down the street, perhaps it looks like people and storefronts. Viewed from higher up, patterns begin to emerge: A three-dimensional grid of buildings divided by alleys, streets, and sidewalks, nearly flat in some places and scraping the sky in others. Pull back far enough, and the city starts to look like something else entirely: a cluster of molecules. At least, that&rsquo;s what it looks like to Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor [...].</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/105020034/can-better-design-save-lives-in-hospital-trauma-centers Can better design save lives in hospital trauma centers? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-25T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:48:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c99c1b6fd6af000406d353d2b0759c49.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles partnered with the Department of Defense to build out the OR360, a new innovation center where doctors and military personnel can simulate hypothetical scenarios in order to simplify and streamline trauma care. [...] Designed by CannonDesign, the nearly 10,000-square-foot space is the hospital&rsquo;s answer to the big question of: How can you make trauma care, both in hospitals and in military situations, faster and more effective?</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/105020837/the-secret-of-minecraft-and-its-challenge-to-the-rest-of-us The secret of Minecraft; And its challenge to the rest of us Archinect 2014-07-25T14:33:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:16:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iy/iypwz85ub147eo0i.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>People often compare Minecraft to LEGO; both support open-ended creation (once you&rsquo;ve mastered the crafting table, you can build nearly anything) and, of course, they share an essential blockiness. But I think this comparison is misleading, because a LEGO set always includes instructions, and Minecraft comes with none. Minecraft is a game about creation, yes. But it is just as much a game about secret knowledge.</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/105016813/north-carolina-museum-of-art-receives-grant-for-a-high-tech-education-center North Carolina Museum of Art Receives Grant for a High-Tech Education Center Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4gpzuq6jg56vdlvz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Carolina Museum of Art on Tuesday received a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees&rsquo; Credit Union Foundation for art education research. The grant will establish a high-tech education center that will serve as a portal for accessing the museum&rsquo;s collection, exhibitions and programs.</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/104799766/archinect-test-drives-fiftythree-s-pencil-and-paper-app-for-ipad Archinect test drives FiftyThree's Pencil and Paper app for iPad Alexander Walter 2014-07-25T10:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:24:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0ylimespgbhvol5c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since I spotted <a href="https://www.fiftythree.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FiftyThree</a>'s beautifully designed iPad pen, aptly called &ldquo;Pencil&rdquo;, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (like literally).</p><p>Made by the creators of the award-winning &ldquo;Paper&rdquo; drawing and sketching app for the iPad, Pencil is promised to be &ldquo;the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper.&rdquo; Archinect reached out to FiftyThree, and a few days later, we received a Pencil in the mail &ndash; pretty packaging and all &ndash; for a test drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiyw0rnt1mf7zil3.jpg"></p><p>The first impression is thoroughly impressive: my Pencil's body is milled from a solid piece of premium-grade walnut (there's also a "Graphite" model sporting a handsome seamless brushed aluminum body) with an eraser tip on one end and a tapered rubber-coated tip on the other end. No cheap plastic here, no buttons to push, no distracting LED diodes flashing. Inspired by the iconic form and dimensions of the carpenter pencil, the design and engineering team of Pencil really set out to turn a cutting-edge high-tech device into a ...</p> 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 >2014-07-28T19:45:56-04:00 <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 Medellín made urban escalators famous, but have they had any impact? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-24T12:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T22:22:41-04:00 <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>