Archinect - News 2017-02-22T06:21:25-05:00 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/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> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, on why computers are superior to human designers Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-31T21:31:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg" width="650" height="614" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Essentially people, all of us when we go to design something we often go out and do it and will make one or we&rsquo;ll have three designs and&hellip;then we run out of time or money or patience and we say good enough. The computer doesn&rsquo;t get bored in that same way. It doesn&rsquo;t run out of time so you can literally test millions of versions and get a much better answer.&nbsp; So really what we are doing is automating the building of these prototypes.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</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/149986836/geoff-manaugh-takes-a-look-inside-lax-s-impressive-airport-security-apparatus Geoff Manaugh takes a look inside LAX's impressive airport security apparatus Alexander Walter 2017-01-16T20:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T19:41:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajs6wyk54r6wyj9u.jpg" width="650" height="455" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the summer of 2014, Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa were hired by Los Angeles World Airports to lead a unique, new classified intelligence unit on the West Coast. After only two years, their global scope and analytic capabilities promise to rival the agencies of a small nation-state. Their roles suggest an intriguing new direction for infrastructure protection in an era when threats are as internationally networked as they are hard to predict.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Being the world's fifth-busiest airport (74,937,004 travelers passed through LAX in 2015) makes this infrastructure megaproject one of the top-ranked terrorist and aviation targets in the country. With billions of dollars spent on the usual airport expansion and modernization projects in recent decades came also the need for enhanced anti-terrorism capabilities that gave birth to its own classified intelligence unit.</p><p>"Under the moniker of &ldquo;critical infrastructure protection,&rdquo; energy-production, transportation-logistics, waste-disposal, and other sites have been transformed from often-overlooked megaprojects on the edge of the metropolis into the heavily fortified, tactical crown jewels of the modern state," <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/01/threat-center/510644/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manaugh writes</a>. "Bridges, tunnels, ports, dams, pipelines, and airfields have an emergent geopolitical clout that now rivals democratically elected civic institutions."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149986150/all-that-data-uber-has-been-collecting-might-just-come-in-handy All that data Uber has been collecting might just come in handy Nicholas Korody 2017-01-12T12:27:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:06:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e669obbcucezffxu.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber has A rocky history with city governments&mdash;to put it mildly... Now, Uber is making something of a peace offering. The company is launching a new service that could help cities master their traffic. It&rsquo;s called Uber Movement, and it uses information on the billions of rides Uber has completed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Uber Movement is free for the select planning agencies and researchers granted access to it. With it, you can gauge travel times between any two locations. Since, as Uber's chief of transportation policy notes, Uber doesn't actually do any urban planning, they figure they might as well give all this information to the people who do. And, hey, maybe it'll help the ride-sharing company cozy up to previously hostile city governments.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985771/no-more-personal-cars-will-be-allowed-in-madrid-s-city-center No more personal cars will be allowed in Madrid's city center Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T19:03:00-05:00 >2017-01-10T19:03:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wjy7ob23n86a8qww.jpg" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Madrid's mayor, Manuela Carmena, is serious about kicking personal cars off the road in the city center. On a November 5 show on Spanish radio networkCadena Ser, she confirmed that Madrid's main avenue, the Gran V&iacute;a, will only allow access to bikes, buses, and taxis before she leaves office in May 2019, as noted by CityLab.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Are people in love with not having to drive to dense urban locales? (Answer: for the most part, yes.) Following the lead of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">numerous cities</a> that are seeking either to reduce car traffic or obliterate it altogether, Madrid's mayor actually outlawed personal vehicles from the city's main thoroughfare during the crucial days before Christmas (and later discovered that merchant profits were up over the previous year).</p><p>The latest updates in global car culture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941488/the-netherlands-moves-closer-to-leaving-gas-and-diesel-cars-in-the-dust" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Netherlands moves closer to leaving gas and diesel cars in the dust</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge Hyperloop One announces 35 semifinalists in 17 countries for its global challenge Julia Ingalls 2017-01-10T12:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-15T15:28:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntjlwuy428zfvfu9.jpg" width="650" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Whether you envisioned Hyperloop One as an overhyped pneumatic tube or an inventive way to transport cargo and/or passengers, 35 teams from 17 countries around the world have just been announced as semifinalists in the contest to create working transit corridors for the technology. The 35 proposed routes are sited in countries including Argentina, Poland, Australia, India, the U.K. and the U.S. (the full list is below). Finalists will be announced in May after three global showcase events where each team has the chance to demonstrate how their proposal will economically benefit their region. The showcases will be held in New Delhi on February 28th, Washington D.C. on April 6th, and London on April 27th. Twenty of the proposals currently have governmental or other funding sources already lined up.&nbsp;</p><p>Corridors in&nbsp;the semifinalist round include:<br>AR Buenos Aires-Cordoba<br>AU Sydney-Melbourne<br>CA Ontario (cargo)<br>CA Toronto-Montreal<br>CA Vancouver (cargo)<br>CH Shanghai-Hangzhou<br>DE Autobahn<br>EE Tallin-Helsi...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985439/a-team-of-scientists-have-made-graphene-the-strongest-material-in-the-world-into-a-building-material A team of scientists have made graphene—the strongest material in the world—into a building material Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:32:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xd/xdmeeixl1irgd0wb.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The space elevator&mdash;a theoretical mode of transportation where transport modules move up and down a long cable that connects Earth to space&mdash;has long been the stuff of futuristic fantasy...Now, a team of MIT scientists has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials in existence, taking us one step closer to realizing that sci-fi dream&mdash;and creating a formula for a material that could revolutionize architecture and infrastructure right here on Earth, too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The material in question is called&nbsp;<em>graphene</em>, a two-dimensional form of carbon. At just one atom thick, graphene has so far proven to be inoperable as a building material, even though it's the strongest material we know about. But the team of MIT invented a process that could change that. Using heat and pressure, they were able to create 3D geometries that proved to be ten times stronger than steel, but 5% less dense.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqgfgqf7586qdrno.jpg"></p><p>According to the researchers behind the projects, the move from 2D to 3D is similar to rolling up a piece of paper, in the process creating a tube, which is a strong architectural form. Apparently, the material has other possible benefits for architecture. For example, because graphene is porous, it could act as a filter for water and air. And its strength could make buildings more resilient to extreme weather patterns.</p><p>At the moment, graphene is too expensive to be readily adapted to building purposes. But the 3D geometry invented by the MIT team could be used with mater...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149985053/designers-want-to-transform-elevators-into-fashionable-and-functional-room-s Designers want to transform elevators into "fashionable and functional room(s)" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T20:25:00-05:00 >2017-01-08T23:41:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kf/kfxu09chcu98tzkl.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Forget climbing stars, or even walking laterally--in the increasingly dense and rapid reality of urban life, elevators have become a major part of daily living. According to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/23/meteoric-rise-lifts-magnetic-smart-elevators-transform-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian</a>, major elevator designers like Otis are considering re-designing the elevator to become a more comfortable and friendly space. Precisely what form this will take is a bit unclear, but it may involve more stylish decor, and perhaps even a change in elevator culture itself (the reason most elevators have the floor number display up so high is to give people an excuse not to have to make eye contact with each other).&nbsp;</p><p>Elevators, making news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984941/watch-a-meditative-and-breathtaking-aerial-survey-of-the-l-a-river Watch a meditative and breathtaking aerial survey of the L.A. River Julia Ingalls 2017-01-05T14:26:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:54:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e4/e4bgmir2p3mjyhai.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Only one thing is certain now that <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149966972/to-ignore-this-is-to-ignore-one-of-the-great-resources-of-the-region-frank-gehry-on-the-la-river-revitalization-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> has undertaken the plan to revitalize the LA River: in the future, it will be different.</p><p>Check out Archinect's extensive coverage of the LA River Redevelopment, including interviews with major players like Mia Lehrer via the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/646036/next-up" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Next Up</a> series...</p><p></p><p></p><p>This elegant aerial video by Chang Kim captures the current state of the concrete-channeled river, offering not only a meditative journey over freeway overpasses, opportunistic scrub brush and litter-choked rivulets, but a lush historic record of what this city's main water artery was, whatever it may eventually become. With a spare piano soundtrack composed by Nils Frahm, the video comes in at just under five minutes:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984532/aia-study-reveals-architects-want-material-manufacturers-to-step-up-their-digital-game AIA study reveals architects want material manufacturers to step up their digital game Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T17:24:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:27:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/00/0071zbmpvl8da2ci.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As any architect who has spent precious time trying to identify a chrome versus silver nickel plated kitchen faucet for a client can attest, outdated websites and their corresponding vague specifications from building products and materials manufacturers makes life unnecessarily tedious. This specifications fatigue has been backed up by a study conducted by the AIA, in which architects hope that in addition to digital upgrades, manufacturers will make it easier for them to earn continuing education credits while they toil away in search of specifics. Here are the five main conclusions from the AIA study, as quoted in a press release:</p><ul><li>Improved websites. Architects want product websites that are clear, concise, up-to-date, and easy to navigate. They also want easy access (no sign-up to view product information) and access to detailed information, including building information models and objects.</li><li>Focus on education. Architects are required to take continuing education courses in order t...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984491/the-logistics-of-building-nasa-s-carbon-dioxide-insulated-ice-home-on-mars The logistics of building NASA's carbon-dioxide insulated, "Ice Home" on Mars Julia Ingalls 2017-01-03T13:04:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T23:29:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kw/kwaz1s8y8k0xqnlz.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>If you don't think you can handle another year on Earth, the possibility of dwelling comfortably on another planet is closer than you might expect. After announcing&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138591099/the-mars-ice-house-envisions-the-day-earthlings-can-live-with-ease-atop-the-martian-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a winning design from Clouds Architecture Office and Space Exploration Architecture last October</a>,&nbsp;NASA has released more detailed logistical plans for building a carbon dioxide insulated, ice-filled exterior home that could be assembled by robots in preparation for human habitation. The design uses naturally occurring resources found on Mars and predicts that with the planet's estimated daily water extraction rate, it would take about 400 days for the exterior to be filled with water. As the <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/a-new-home-on-mars-nasa-langley-s-icy-concept-for-living-on-the-red-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article notes</a>:</p><p><em>The &ldquo;Mars Ice Home&rdquo; is a large inflatable torus, a shape similar to an inner tube, which is surrounded by a shell of water ice. The Mars Ice Home design has several advantages that make it an appealing concept. It is lightweight and can be transported and deployed with simple robotics, then filled with water before the ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984365/7-eleven-becomes-first-retailer-to-employ-drone-delivery 7-Eleven becomes first retailer to employ drone delivery Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T16:50:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:22:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.jpg" width="650" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>7-Eleven, the world&rsquo;s largest convenience store chain, shared new numbers from its drone delivery experiment today. Seventy-seven customers in Reno, Nev., have now received items ordered from 7-Eleven delivered to their doorsteps via drone. All 77 flights were from one store to a dozen select customers who live within a mile of the shop. 7-Eleven has partnered with the drone maker Flirtey for its delivery pilot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It marks the first regular commercial drone delivery service to operate in the United States, flying ahead of other, potentially bigger drone delivery projects that haven&rsquo;t yet been able to take off in the U.S. &mdash; like Alphabet&rsquo;s Project Wing and Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Air, the latter of which only demonstrated its first delivery to a customer last week.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a flight through Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974063/uber-takes-to-the-skies-with-a-new-advertising-strategy-in-mexico-df" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984341/discovering-a-lost-civilization-with-cutting-edge-technology Discovering a lost civilization with cutting-edge technology Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2017-01-04T22:43:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lp/lp5oepbdfz984we0.jpg" width="650" height="470" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Entering the ruins was a disappointment. If the Mosquitia jungle were superimposed on Times Square, the foliage would be so thick that you would have no inkling you were in the midst of a city. Even standing at the base of an earthen pyramid in the central plaza of T1, surrounded by earthworks, terracing, and mounds, I had not the slightest idea that this was the main public space of what had once been a thriving city of thousands. Only through technology did we know our location in the ruins.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Douglas Preston discusses exploring an ancient city left untouched in the jungles of Honduras and rediscovered with LIDAR technology. The city was abandoned around 1500, devastated not by direct contact with Europeans but rather with the diseases they carried:</p><p><em>This inferno of contagion destroyed thousands of societies and millions of people, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, from California to New England, from the Amazon rain forest to the tundra of Hudson Bay. It was the greatest catastrophe ever to befall the human species. The death of T1 was but one tile in this vast mosaic of annihilation.</em></p><p>More on ancient cities:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983468/the-stonehenge-in-the-amazon-reveals-an-unexpected-ancient-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Stonehenge" in the Amazon reveals an unexpected ancient history</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982755/one-of-the-best-long-reads-of-2016-explores-the-demise-of-a-medieval-u-s-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">One of the best long reads of 2016 explores the demise of a medieval U.S. city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149982396/isis-militants-retake-ancient-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants retake ancient city of Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983978/robots-could-soon-maintain-the-sydney-opera-house-s-one-million-roof-tiles Robots could soon maintain the Sydney Opera House's one million roof tiles Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T19:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-03T22:41:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ds/dsv68uj8t9fdgrkx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One million brilliant white tiles clad the 65m-tall precast concrete roof [...] glazed ceramic tiles need to be hand-checked, or tapped, every five years by specialist engineers, who abseil down the roof &ldquo;sails&rdquo; looking for changes in their sound or appearance. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of the opera house, the Getty Foundation, the University of Sydney and the engineering and design group Arup, this expensive, vertigo- inducing process is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43ey8m85291h357w.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950257/j-rn-utzon-s-saga-with-the-sydney-opera-house-coming-to-the-big-screen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's saga with the Sydney Opera house coming to the big screen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83759456/the-sydney-opera-house-by-j-rn-utzon-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Opera House by J&oslash;rn Utzon Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983776/top-features-our-favorite-feature-articles-of-2016 Top Features: Our Favorite Feature Articles of 2016 Nicholas Korody 2016-12-26T10:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-27T16:44:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/4u/4uuomzuolctphz6b.jpg" width="650" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>These are the articles that made big waves in 2016 &ndash; not just in traffic, but in defining the discussions architects were having. From professional practice issues to academia to interviews and showcases, we present to you our favorite original editorial of the year:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/ed/ed41n5842nlh7cy5.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149949024/one-student-s-solution-to-the-permanent-limbo-of-refugee-camps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>One student's solution to the permanent limbo of refugee camps</em></a></p><p>There are more refugees in the world right now than since World War II&mdash;and the world is woefully unable to shelter them. This student imagines a refugee camp that would be both livable and high functioning.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/yw/ywiaeuf3pp6efu35.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970062/frank-gehry-liz-diller-rem-koolhaas-and-others-share-crucial-moments-in-their-education" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Frank Gehry, Liz Diller, Rem Koolhaas and Others Share Crucial Moments in Their Education</em></a></p><p>Ever wonder how some of the biggest names in the industry&mdash;the 'starchitects'&mdash;got to where they are? Julia Ingalls gathers snippets of big name architects' memories of their halcyon (or not) years spent in the academy.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/us/usai4p6sdtew1c7k.jpg"></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149970956/if-only-i-had-known-advice-for-prospective-architecture-students-from-former-students" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>If Only I Had Known: Advice for Prospective Architecture Students, from Former Students</em></a></p><p>Architecture school is a costly enterprise. It's also really hard. So...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149983755/boring-how-serious-is-elon-musk-about-his-latest-traffic-solving-venture Boring: how serious is Elon Musk about his latest traffic-solving venture? Alexander Walter 2016-12-23T14:20:00-05:00 >2017-01-27T13:03:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b3/b3okjdp3s44f304u.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has a pretty good sense of humor, but sometimes we can't tell when he's just joking or mulling his next big idea.&nbsp; For example, on Saturday Musk took to Twitter to say out loud what every traffic-plagued Los Angeles resident is silently screaming inside: The city is a gridlocked hellscape. &nbsp; "Traffic is driving me nuts," wrote Musk. But he didn't stop there. He also raised the idea of boring through obstacles to alleviate traffic woes.</p></em><br /><br /><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><em>"It would be easy to toss this off as random talk from an eccentric auto and space mogul, but Musk's last "random idea," the Hyperloop, has spawned a number of startups and millions in funding. So when Musk not only says that boring through things would be a good idea to ease traffic, but that he plans to do it himself, it's time to start paying attention."</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149962733/forget-solar-panels-elon-musk-is-thinking-solar-roof" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Forget solar panels: Elon Musk is thinking "solar roof"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953303/elon-musk-thinks-tesla-could-be-worth-1-trillion-if-it-buys-solarcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk thinks Tesla could be worth $1 trillion &ndash; if it buys SolarCity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143515625/multitasking-musk-the-busy-life-of-elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Multitasking Musk: the busy life of Elon Musk</a></li></ul>