Archinect - News 2015-08-01T05:58:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/133197580/apple-reportedly-grabbing-a-little-piece-of-san-francisco-real-estate Apple reportedly grabbing a little piece of San Francisco real estate Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-31T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T18:35:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7nko4yx8ifwlwo7.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Apple Inc.] reached an agreement to rent about 76,000 square feet of office space in the South of Market neighborhood&rsquo;s 235 Second St. [...] the area has some of the highest monthly asking rents in the city at about $66 a square foot. [...] Apple and Facebook have been notable holdouts as Silicon Valley giants like Google and Linkedin gradually expanded their footprints in San Francisco.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&#8203;More news from Apple and San Francisco:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133107408/apple-invites-visitors-to-gaze-at-its-spaceship-from-new-observation-deck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple invites visitors to gaze at its 'spaceship' from new observation deck</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128651497/can-t-find-office-space-in-san-francisco-try-the-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can't find office space in San Francisco? Try the mall.</a></li><li><a title="Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber HQ headed to San Francisco's Mission Bay</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133039152/bacteria-laden-concrete-helps-cracks-fix-themselves Bacteria-laden concrete helps cracks fix themselves Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-29T17:06:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T08:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a54666e9eba1ff46231eb4086ec008a8.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Inspired by the human body, Jonkers, who works at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, created self-healing concrete. He embeds the concrete with capsules of limestone-producing bacteria, either Bacillus pseudofirmus&nbsp;or&nbsp;Sporosarcina pasteurii, along with calcium lactate. When the concrete cracks, air and moisture trigger the bacteria to begin munching on the calcium lactate. They convert the calcium lactate to calcite, an ingredient in limestone, thus sealing off the cracks.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More concrete news:</p><ul><li><a title='Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131897122/celebrating-concrete-architecture-in-a-mini-block-party" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Celebrating concrete architecture in a mini "block party"</a></li><li><a title='Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130331695/getty-awards-over-1-75-million-to-fix-crappy-concrete-in-important-modern-buildings" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Getty awards over $1.75 million to fix crappy concrete in "Important Modern Buildings"</a></li><li><a title="Ten Top Images on Archinect's &quot;Concrete&quot; Pinterest Board" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129890744/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-concrete-pinterest-board" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Concrete" Pinterest Board</a></li><li><a title="Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125359981/could-this-revolutionary-new-material-replace-concrete" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Could this revolutionary new material replace concrete?</a></li><li><a title="China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123814572/china-used-more-cement-in-3-years-than-the-u-s-did-in-the-entire-20th-century" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China used more cement in 3 years than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132892117/archinect-launches-dry-futures-competition-in-response-to-california-s-historic-drought Archinect launches "Dry Futures" competition in response to California's historic drought Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-28T12:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:40:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dz/dzklyfarv1dqpxt3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Golden State's nickname has taken on a grave new meaning. The agricultural and economic powerhouse of the country is in the midst of a historic drought pervading the whole U.S. Southwest, at once turning sprawling front lawns into golden-brown scratch pads and inciting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/04/30/403283276/drought-in-calif-creates-water-wars-between-farmers-developers-residents" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Chinatown</em>-style disputes</a> among developers, farmers, and residents over water rights. The situation is dire, and while <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131348933/as-californians-let-their-lawns-turn-golden-water-conservation-targets-were-exceeded-in-may" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conservation efforts are succeeding</a>&nbsp;to a degree, plans must extend into the far future in order to contend with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">depleted reservoirs and record low-levels of groundwater</a>. Cities can't always count on free-flowing taps.</p><p>Believing that&nbsp;architects are in a unique position to imagine how the built environment must adapt,&nbsp;Archinect is launching&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://dryfutures.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dry Futures&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash; a&nbsp;new competition seeking imaginative, pragmatic, idealist, or perhaps even dystopic, design proposals for the future of California&rsquo;s drought. And the stakes couldn't be higher: in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a recent op&shy;-ed for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a>, Jay Famiglietti, senior w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132873615/fog-catchers-squeezing-water-out-of-thin-air Fog catchers: squeezing water out of thin air Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-27T13:35:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:41:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mn/mn06xfx9g2qu867m.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Simply look up into the sky at a single cloud, on average that white pouf holds 8 million gallons of water&#8202;&mdash;&#8202;enough to sustain 100,000 people for a day. Yet the water we harvest has become so scarce, its cost is greater than the devices invented to catch and deliver it. [...] How might we imagine new ways to collect water? How do we get it off my socks and into my coffee cup?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Fog catchers &ndash; contraptions that gather the moisture in our atmosphere for drinking water &ndash; have been used by humans and animals alike to survive in some of the driest places on earth. In Chile's&nbsp;Atacama desert, fog catchers have been in use for over half a century, and even are <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32515558" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">used to gather water to brew local beer</a>. The Namib beetle (named for its habitat in the South African desert) has a pattern of bumps on its back that funnel trapped moisture into its mouth. Now, these simple water-capturing techniques are being looked to as one of the many potential relief systems in the American southwest's historic drought.</p><p>In one of their simplest forms, fog catchers are essentially fine-meshed nets, erected on the landscape at an angle suited to the area's fog and winds. The basic form was made drastically <a href="http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2013/how-to-get-fresh-water-out-of-thin-air-0830" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more efficient by MIT and Chilean researchers</a> relatively recently, however there's more room for innovation in both smaller and larger-scale applications.&nbsp;In perpetually foggy places, s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132666733/dump-your-old-vector-files-in-the-digital-junkyard-to-be-recycled-into-real-world-objects Dump your old vector files in the Digital Junkyard to be recycled into real-world objects Justine Testado 2015-07-24T21:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-31T08:41:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7q/7q820e2arudnm9fq.jpg" width="514" height="189" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Digital Junkyard is an experiment in virtual salvage. It is a repository of donated digital information that is used to generate real physical and spatial objects...This project is an embodiment of the growing collective intelligence that technology affords us; and an experiment in ideas about digital ecology. It also honours the time and energy that designers put into testing and making mistakes.</p></em><br /><br /><p>No, this isn't some snarky Craigslist ad. Recently launched by architecturally trained designer and artist Car Martin, the Digital Junkyard is a website with a mission to transform as much of your unwanted vector files into a new physical object or creative idea of sorts, in the real world. In addition to "dumping" their files, users can "salvage" and download donated files, and can eventually check out the resulting "artifacts" -- although that section of the site is yet to be filled.</p><p>The Digital Junkyard accepts a maximum of 250 MB and is mainly looking for vector files. More specifically:</p><ul><li>Adobe (.ai .eps .pdf)</li><li>Autodesk (.dwg .rvt)</li><li>Mcneel/Rhino (.3dm .gh.ghx)</li><li>Sketchup (.skp)</li><li>GIS (.mxd &amp; shapefile folders)</li><li>Other (.svg .dxf)</li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nchiy3qvwjzxoetg.jpg"><br><em>Screenshot via djunkyard.com</em></p><p>While the Digital Junkyard can be a practical outlet for architects and designers to clear up their digital workspaces, Martin's website has an introspective side to it that is greatly relevant at this point in our tightening relationship wit...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132659521/as-a-last-resort-in-historic-drought-santa-barbara-dusts-off-its-desalination-plant As a "last resort" in historic drought, Santa Barbara dusts off its desalination plant Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-24T18:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T18:55:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5l/5lf40k5cfe318677.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the city with nearly a third of its drinking water. [...] &ldquo;Desalination has been a last resort,&rdquo; Mayor Helene Schneider told The Times Tuesday night after the vote. &ldquo;The way the drought has continued these last four years, we are really getting at that last resort.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the historic drought in the U.S. southwest:</p><ul><li><a title="Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126421871/gov-brown-issues-order-to-reduce-california-s-greenhouse-gas-emissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gov. Brown issues order to reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions</a></li><li><a title="California has about one year of water left" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122813531/california-has-about-one-year-of-water-left" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California has about one year of water left</a></li><li><a title="30% of the US in Drought" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106867107/30-of-the-us-in-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">30% of the US in Drought</a></li><li><a title='Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105498113/relocation-or-adaptation-we-may-have-to-migrate-people-out-of-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relocation or Adaptation: "We may have to migrate people out of California"</a></li><li><a title="Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98670776/drought-may-force-california-to-reverse-flow-of-its-aqueduct" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat Alexander Walter 2015-07-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:37:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itckki4tbnb47s1q.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completed in March of 2014, Kusukusu [...] is a marvelous feat of architecture, engineering and technology. Working with Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects, the team came in and 3D-scanned hundreds of points on the tree. Based on that 3D data they then created a steel trellis that threaded through the tree, interlocking perfectly [...]. What&rsquo;s amazing is that the treehouse in its entirety, never touches the tree. It&rsquo;s completely self-standing so as to not harm the tree.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the stunner of a treehouse in Atami, Japan designed by master treehouse builder&nbsp;Takashi Kobayashi in collaboration with&nbsp;NAP Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc72ilezl3jpeagw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2torlh574dy5kbpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/iv2k1yger6zw9xb6.jpg"></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/07/23/japans-largest-treehouse-is-a-sprawling-structure-built-around-a-300-year-old-tree/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spoon &amp; Tamago</a>.</p><p><em>Photos by Koji Fujii/Nacasa &amp; Partners Inc.&nbsp;</em></p><p>In other tree-hugging news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/132487606/turning-japan-s-golfing-greens-into-solar-farms Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-22T13:10:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T16:38:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agrpeyaxlorqylwy.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Japan has been hungry for alternative energy ever since the 2011 Fukushima disaster made nuclear power an unattractive option in the country, and golf courses just happen to be perfectly suited for solar power &mdash; they're large open spaces that often get lots of sunlight. Kyocera's first project, now under construction, is a 23 megawatt solar plant on a golf course in Kyoto prefecture. When it goes live in 2017, the plant will produce enough power for about 8,100 households.</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/132024752/uber-faces-suspension-and-7-3m-fine-in-california Uber faces suspension and $7.3M fine in California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-16T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-18T14:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3u/3u7covbmplonsol4.jpg" width="514" height="378" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>an administrative judge recommended that the ride-sharing giant be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California. [...] Uber has not complied with state laws designed to ensure that drivers are doling out rides fairly to all passengers, regardless of where they live or who they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the<em>&nbsp;Los Angeles Times</em>, the crux of this decision comes not from questions of the ride-sharing app's legality in general, but its ethical practices in actual transit. In 2013, "ride-hailing firms" were made legal in California, with the requirement that companies like Uber provide data about a ride's fairness, that services are provided "regardless of where they live or who they are". The judge's ruling states that Uber hasn't been providing the necessary data, including "the number of requests for rides from people with service animals or wheelchairs; how many such rides were completed; and other ride-logging information".</p><p>Uber will appeal, and the $7.3M fine and suspension can't be instated until that process is over. The company&nbsp;asserts its position of not having to hand over any additional data.</p><p>Worldwide, Uber in particular has courted controversy, inciting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">riots in Paris</a>&nbsp;recently. But the home-state ruling for the company could hit harder.</p><p>More Uber news:</p><ul><li><a title="Two Uber executives detained in France" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Two Uber exec...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131793502/tree-hugging-in-the-modern-age Tree-hugging in the modern age Alexander Walter 2015-07-13T13:13:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T22:40:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j5/j5t54wxy3gkanbsh.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city of Melbourne assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.</p></em><br /><br /><p>One tree letter excerpt reads: <em>"My dearest Ulmus," the message began.&nbsp;&ldquo;As I was leaving St. Mary&rsquo;s College today I was struck, not by a branch, but by your radiant beauty. You must get these messages all the time. You&rsquo;re such an attractive tree.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related Archinect news in the trees-are-friends genre:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped" target="_blank">New York City's tree species mapped</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131579411/rotterdam-considers-paving-its-roads-with-recycled-plastic Rotterdam considers paving its roads with recycled plastic Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-10T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T22:39:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apa75wz0mivmibe6.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The construction firm VolkerWessels unveiled plans on Friday for a surface made entirely from recycled plastic, which it said required less maintenance than asphalt and could withstand greater extremes of temperature&ndash; between -40C and 80C. Roads could be laid in a matter of weeks rather than months and last about three times as long, it claimed. The company said the environmental argument was also strong as asphalt is responsible for 1.6m tons of CO2 emissions a year globally</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68576882/taiwan-tests-recycling-s-limits-with-bus-stops-out-of-bottles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles</a></li><li><a title="Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/26648463/africa-s-first-plastic-bottle-house-rises-in-nigeria" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Africa's First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131560903/apple-s-spaceship-campus-being-built-to-iphone-standards Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-10T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-07-13T13:57:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p6/p6xpb34w75zlluet.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"There were many meetings when the Apple representative would pick up your [iPhone] and say: 'That's what we're building.' What that means is &mdash; if you look at the phone, there's the sheen on the phone, there's the bevel on the phone, there's how much shine they have ... every piece of that phone is engineered, and the building is the same way." [...] The project is so extensive &mdash; and Apple is so demanding &mdash; that Apple Campus 2 has effectively "raised the bar for construction standards"</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more news on Apple's under-construction second campus in Cupertino:</p><ul><li><a title="Apple under fire for not hiring construction workers with past felonies for their new campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124746280/apple-under-fire-for-not-hiring-construction-workers-with-past-felonies-for-their-new-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple under fire for not hiring construction workers with past felonies for their new campus</a></li><li><a title="Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117649070/drone-footage-shows-the-latest-construction-status-of-the-foster-designed-apple-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus</a></li><li><a title="Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109579284/apple-ceo-tim-cook-says-new-spaceship-campus-will-be-greenest-building-on-the-planet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple CEO Tim Cook says new spaceship campus will be 'greenest building on the planet'</a></li><li><a title="Apple Campus 2 construction: house i-something is building" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107912940/apple-campus-2-construction-house-i-something-is-building" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Campus 2 construction: house i-something is building</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131421993/waze-takes-on-the-ride-sharing-market-with-new-carpooling-app Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-08T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T17:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ho/hor87xztbdwc62cb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RideWith is a spinoff of the Google-owned Israeli traffic app Waze, and is designed to help users meet up with a driver who has a similar commute. In the interest of time, money and potentially the environment, passengers can pay drivers who are already taking similar routes. [...] Drivers using RideWith are only allowed to make two trips a day &mdash; intended to be the commute to and from work &mdash; and therefore wouldn&rsquo;t be able to use the app for any notable revenue.</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/131393059/doe-crowdsourcing-initiative-seeks-buildings-related-problems-to-solve DOE Crowdsourcing Initiative Seeks Buildings-Related Problems to Solve Deraj 2015-07-08T13:23:00-04:00 >2015-07-13T22:00:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7d/7dkv5d79f8ongm6l.jpg" width="514" height="173" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the first, &ldquo;Ideation&rdquo; phase of the initiative, those working in the building efficiency area are invited to submit problem statements describing challenges that need to be overcome in order to promote better engagement with building occupants and to improve the ability to balance energy and occupant comfort objectives in a building. In addition to submitting problem statements, participants are invited to vote and comment on ideas that have already been submitted.</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/131408316/rise-of-the-wooden-skyscrapers-where-all-you-need-is-a-giant-allen-key-to-put-it-together Rise of the wooden skyscrapers: "Where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together." Alexander Walter 2015-07-08T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T11:17:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gk/gkvnfgrqdbvzcmai.jpg" width="514" height="428" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Their manufacture is very accurate, there&rsquo;s very little work that needs to be done on site,&rdquo; said Green. &ldquo;Because of this, construction will be very quick. Someday I&rsquo;d like to make a building where all you need is a giant allen key to put it together.&rdquo; Baobab&rsquo;s structure consists of a series of these solid timber walls that travel the full height of the tower, along with timber columns and a central timber &ldquo;core&rdquo; housing elevators and stairs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128813766/vancouver-architect-michael-green-proposes-35-story-wooden-skyscraper-for-paris" target="_blank">Vancouver architect Michael Green proposes 35-story wooden skyscraper for Paris</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131344912/the-uber-of-waste-management-is-coming-for-your-trash The Uber of waste management is coming for your trash Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-07T17:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T03:34:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9q/9qb5i8s9pfsdbcih.jpg" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unlike Waste Management and other garbage giants, Rubicon doesn&rsquo;t operate its own trucks or own any landfills. Instead, it runs a tech platform that connects small, local haulers with major companies that want to cut down on their garbage costs and increase their recycling efforts.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rubicon Global, which previously helped Fortune 500 companies save money with their own garbage management, is now bringing their services to the regular folks. The app for on-demand waste pick-up was largely devised by Uber's founding CTO, Oscar Salazar, who is now working as Rubicon's CTO. Pent-up demand for "disrupting" the waste management system seems, naturally, pretty high, and Rubicon's&nbsp;co-founder / CEO Nate Morris seems assured of the app's success:&nbsp;&ldquo;We know from the past that when technology competes against brick-and-mortar assets, technology wins every time.&rdquo;</p><p>More on garbage and waste management:</p><ul><li><a title="Transforming a garbage heap into a public park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li><li><a title="Consider the dumpster..." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94341187/consider-the-dumpster" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Consider the dumpster...</a></li><li><a title="Screen/Print #13: One:Twelve's &quot;Black and White&quot;" href="http://archinect.com/features/article/98156717/screen-print-13-one-twelve-s-black-and-white" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Screen/Print #13: One:Twelve's "Black and White" &ndash; the story of New York City's white knights of waste management</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131331220/francis-tsai-previously-featured-on-archinect-s-working-out-of-the-box-passes-away Francis Tsai, previously featured on Archinect's Working Out of the Box, passes away Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-07T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-07-12T17:22:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4t/4txh5001i1awadtt.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to draw,&rdquo; he said in late March, just before his death. &ldquo;Architecture was the foundation that I ended up using in design work. I had to fill in the gaps.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>At the time he was diagnosed with ALS, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106023362/working-out-of-the-box-francis-tsai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Francis Tsai</a> had reached a highpoint in his career. Trained&nbsp;as an architect at the <a href="http://archinect.com/utsoa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Texas at Austin</a>, Tsai had established a successful freelancing career creating the fantasy and sci-fi worlds he loved, pivoting his architectural skills into&nbsp;contributing artwork to the likes of Marvel Comics, Dungeons &amp; Dragons, the film&nbsp;<em>Sucker Punch,</em>&nbsp;and games like&nbsp;<em>Myst</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Tomb Raider</em>. The ALS diagnosis, when Tsai was only 42, was devastating &ndash; patients on average live for only two to five more years, and the disease's encroaching whole-body paralysis&nbsp;threatened to take away what Tsai loved most: drawing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6q/6qwldzj2kt8bdk7k.jpg"></p><p>By 2012, a couple years after his diagnosis, ALS had left Tsai completely paralyzed, save for the ability to smile. Determined not to stop making his art, Tsai began drawing using the "Eye Gaze" system, that uses infrared cameras to track eye movements and translate them into commands on his computer. He pioneered the technology's application for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131273430/comet-could-be-home-to-alien-life Comet could be home to alien life Nicholas Korody 2015-07-06T20:15:00-04:00 >2015-07-07T13:08:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9ccd1c0bf06547b176bb22c02d42e183.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The comet landed on by the spacecraft Philae could well be home to an abundance of alien microbial life, according to leading astronomers. Features of the comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, such as its organic-rich black crust, are most likely explained by the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface, the scientists have said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On the other hand, Stuart Clark refutes the claims made in the linked article. In a <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/science/across-the-universe/2015/jul/06/no-alien-life-on-philae-comet" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">response</a> also published to the Guardian, "The vast majority of comet scientists would agree that comet 67P&rsquo;s surface features are much more easily explained by non-biological mechanisms."</p><p>Philae, the spacecraft that landed on comet&nbsp;67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko last November, is not equipped to search for direct evidence of human life. Neither is Rosetta, the European spacecraft currently in orbit around the comet. Calls to equip the spacecrafts were "allegedly laughed out of court," according to the article, which lays out an argument that an unwillingness to intellectually accept the possibility extraterrestrial life inhibits the possibility of finding any.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131272625/pedro-gadanho-leaves-moma-to-become-first-artistic-director-of-museum-of-art-architecture-and-technology-in-lisbon Pedro Gadanho leaves MoMA to become first artistic director of Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-06T19:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:09:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yq/yqs66oatuu1uajvt.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon recently selected architect and writer Pedro Gadanho as its first Artistic Director. Gadanho is leaving his post as a curator&nbsp;in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, which he's held since 2012 &ndash; a relatively quick departure for such a high-status role. He will&nbsp;start at MAAT in October of this year, working to define the museum's cultural program, which aims to be <a href="http://www.fundacaoedp.pt/folder/noticia/ficheiro/351_English%20Version.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"an exciting contemporary programme at the intersection of art, architecture and technology."</a></p><p>At MoMA, Gadanho worked alongside Senior Curators&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104243719/martino-stierli-named-new-moma-architecture-and-design-curator" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martino Stierli</a>&nbsp;(current) and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78465154/justin-davidson-on-moma-s-departing-barry-bergdoll" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barry Bergdoll</a> (former) as MoMA put out exhibitions like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114577899/architecture-won-t-save-the-world-tactical-urbanisms-at-moma-or-will-it" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tactical Urbanisms</a>. He is already a respected entity in Portugal, having curated the Portugal Pavilion for the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/5493/architects-get-physical-at-the-venice-biennale" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2004 Venice Biennale</a>, as well as numerous other local exhibitions. He holds an architecture degree and a PhD in Architecture and Mass Media from the <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/10692/universidade-do-porto" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto</a> (FAUP), as we...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131271816/chris-downey-on-designing-inclusive-multisensory-environments-for-the-visually-impaired Chris Downey on designing inclusive "multisensory" environments for the visually impaired Justine Testado 2015-07-06T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-11T21:08:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgvnsfo3sza0w6gs.jpg" width="514" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many people view GPS and similar emerging interior-wayfnding technologies as a way to 'solve the blind wayfnding challenge.'...Architects still need to be better multisensory placemakers to design and create effective environments for the blind and visually impaired.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chris Downey, whose story as a blind practicing architect was recently documented in the AIA's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Look Up" campaign</a> this past May, dishes in on his own experiences with embossing printers, wayfinding devices, and graphic input tools, and other emerging technologies that have the potential to vastly improve how architects&nbsp;&mdash; both visually impaired or not&nbsp;&mdash; will work. However, he also warns about relying too much on those technologies and that architects must uphold the responsibility of designing effective environments that are accessible to everyone of all abilities.</p><p>Previously:</p><p><a title='AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127593879/aia-launches-second-video-in-look-up-campaign-featuring-a-blind-architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA launches second video in "Look Up" campaign featuring a blind architect</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131099299/floating-city-project-advances-to-phase-ii Floating City Project advances to Phase II Nam Henderson 2015-07-04T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-07-10T14:46:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/of/ofzyq0dorwkv8344.jpg" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We closed 2014 by taking a delegation of architects and engineers to an undisclosed location where we hope to locate the first floating city in the sea nearby. We believe there could be a market on our floating city for residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a powerplant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Seasteading Institute continues to work towards their goal of establishing the first floating city with significant political autonomy by 2020. Currently they are focusing on - enhancing novel seastead designs, which includes wave tank testing and acquiring more detailed financial calculations;&nbsp;deepening our diplomatic negotiations with several potential host nations;&nbsp;collecting potential resident feedback; and&nbsp;prospecting investors.</p><p>To learn more details about progress on Phase II, read a report from the&nbsp;<strong><a title="Floating City Project Update, Dec 2014" href="http://www.seasteading.org/2014/12/floating-city-project-update-dec-2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fact-finding &amp; Diplomatic Floating City Project Mission</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Executive Director Randolph Hencken.</p><p>Previously on Archinect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75357/libertarian-ocean-colonies-of-the-future-or-the-next-playboy-villa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90120/seasteading-competition-winner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/101096460/for-libertarian-utopia-float-away-on-startup-nation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130972585/could-google-s-sidewalk-labs-help-alleviate-urban-city-problems Could Google's Sidewalk Labs help alleviate urban city problems? Justine Testado 2015-07-03T12:33:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T13:07:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0t/0t7jeaj3kktvpdy0.jpg" width="514" height="195" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s this inevitable dichotomy between data and real life that will likely define [Google's] Sidewalk Labs...There&rsquo;s a naivety to their worldview that might help to get things done inside a company but could prove a hurdle to progress in the public realm. Yes, the region does need more housing, but the politics of how, where, and when that housing is built are far more nuanced than Google can apparently handle.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The cloud of speculation surrounding Google as of late only grows bigger with the tech giant's&nbsp; recent launch of its independent start-up, <a href="http://sidewalkinc.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>. Charging further into Google's real-world endeavors, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/11/technology/sidewalk-labs-a-start-up-created-by-google-has-bold-aims-to-improve-city-living.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"urban innovation company"</a> vies "to improve city life for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" like curbing energy use, creating more affordable housing, cutting pollution, and streamlining transportation. Could Sidewalk Labs potentially ease the growing pains of real-life urban cities, or is Google just spewing more technocratic rhetoric?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130971783/enlisting-the-internet-of-things-against-california-s-historic-drought Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought Alexander Walter 2015-07-02T20:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-06T14:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xlrh13jga33v6bam.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] the drought is a gusher for a growing number of tech startups in the emerging world of the Internet of Things, the buzzy term for the trend of connecting devices and data in the physical realm to the Internet. Getting more sensors into the environment will help thousands of farms, businesses and cities figure out where water is going and how it can be diverted for the most efficient use. Agriculture is the area most ripe for collecting more and higher-quality data.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130255296/california-water-crisis-now-there-s-a-board-game-for-that" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Water Crisis? Now there's a board game for that!</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124816177/california-farmers-using-oil-wastewater-during-drought" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Farmers Using Oil Wastewater during Drought</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124294140/california-governor-mandates-water-restrictions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California Governor Mandates Water Restrictions</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130814370/london-to-try-out-an-all-electric-double-decker-bus London to try out an all-electric double-decker bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:33:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/at/at7gvkp9op4sc95g.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[London Mayor Boris] Johnson, who uses the city&rsquo;s bike-share system to commute to work most days, told the Guardian that he would welcome the quieter, greener buses on his city&rsquo;s streets, saying current buses are like &ldquo;throbbing, belching machines that emit their fumes like wounded war-elephants&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2008, London Mayor Boris Johnson has introduced over 1,300 hybrid buses onto city streets, and all-electric single-decker buses have been in use since 2013. It was previously thought that all-electric double-decker buses weren't feasible &ndash; their size makes them too difficult to efficiently power with electricity alone. BYD, the Chinese firm that will build the new all-electric buses, can provide batteries that will "apparently be light and cheap enough" to power London's iconic double-deckers. The first pilot bus will begin operating on London's Route 16 this October.</p><p>More news from London:</p><ul><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130714691/london-is-eating-itself" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175688/as-garden-bridge-procurement-process-is-headed-for-review-london-group-claims-that-30-new-parks-could-be-funded-instead" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li><li><a title="SelgasCano's &quot;psychedelic chrysalis&quot; Serpentine Pavilion is now open" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130175687/selgascano-s-psychedelic-chrysalis-serpentine-pavilion-is-now-open" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano's "psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion is now open</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130714690/two-uber-executives-detained-in-france Two Uber executives detained in France Nicholas Korody 2015-06-29T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:05:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a7yrtfe6hyjo8vht.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris [...] The two executives were charged with two different allegations. First, according to them, Uber is running illegal taxi operations. Uber has been struggling with this charge in many countries, starting with the U.S. Second, the police said that Uber France is concealing digital documents...</p></em><br /><br /><p>After <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">protests last week</a> turned violent, French authorities have detained two executives of the ride-sharing company Uber, although officials stated that they were brought into custody on charges unrelated to the protests. Uber is facing ferocious criticism in France, with taxi-drivers complaining that drivers for UberPOP don't have professional licenses and don't pay the same taxes as traditional car services. The conflict highlights tensions in France, a country with a long tradition of hard-fought labor rights, as it grapples with new technologies and economic models.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week's rioting, which resulted in 70 damaged cars, gained international attention in part due to tweets from Courtney Love, who found herself at the center of the mel&eacute;e, and sparked a lively <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussion</a> on Archinect.</p><p>The conversation oriented around issues of technological disruption, bureaucratic regulation and workers' rights, with some, like <strong>jla-x,</strong>&nbsp;drawing comparisons to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Donna Sink</strong>&nbsp;asked: "the co...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130672103/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto “Fifty shades of green”: Bruno Latour on the ecomodernist manifesto Orhan Ayyüce 2015-06-29T01:38:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T23:51:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ld/ld0o66hcx4zzm46j.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is where we encounter this strange animal, this monster, &ldquo;ecomodernism&rdquo;, that I am not sure we should learn to love, and that triggers in me, I have to confess, a deep antipathy. It sounds much like the news that an electronic cigarette is going to save a chain smoker from addiction.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ecomodernism? Sounds good but majorly flawed according to Bruno Latour, who takes on its modernity, PR and philosophical tardiness.</p><p>"Wake up you ecomoderns, we are in the Anthropocene,&nbsp;not in the Holocene, nor are we to ever reside in the enchanted dream of&nbsp;futurism. Down to earth is the message I hear, but unfortunately not in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ecomodernism.org/manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecomodernist</a> manifesto."</p><p>Anything from electronic cigarettes <em>"to the dreams of Californian cornucopias,"</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"to shake the Americans out of their complacent behaviour &ndash; &rdquo;the American way of life is not negotiable&rdquo;- into a form of possibilism: &rdquo;yes after all, our way of life is negotiable"..."Well, it is negotiable,&nbsp;up to a limit."</p><p><a href="http://entitleblog.org/2015/06/27/fifty-shades-of-green-bruno-latour-on-the-ecomodernist-manifesto/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More in;&nbsp;<em>Presentation to the panel on modernism at the Breakthrough Dialogue,&nbsp;Sausalito, June 2015,&nbsp;</em><strong>by Bruno Latour</strong></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130426595/paris-erupts-in-riot-as-taxi-drivers-protest-uber Paris erupts in riot as taxi drivers protest Uber Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T19:24:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T20:36:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/am/ampoc8f1e30tvzdr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>French taxi drivers pulled out the throttle in an all-out confrontation with the ultra-cheap Uber car service Thursday, smashing livery cars, setting tires ablaze and blocking traffic during a nationwide strike that caught tourists and celebrities alike in the mayhem.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Parisian taxi drivers have taken to the streets, smashing cars and burning tires to protest UberPop, a budget iteration of the car-sharing service akin to UberX in the States. Traffic came to a stop&nbsp;in the French capital, with reports of stranded travelers walking along the highway with luggage in tow, attempting to catch flights out of Charles de Gaulle airport.&nbsp;So far, 70 vehicles have been reported damaged around France and ten people arrested, according to the AP report.&nbsp;</p><p>One passenger caught in Thursday's melee was the singer Courtney Love, who tweeted throughout the experience. Love was able to escape via two men passing by on a motorcycle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wd/wd15isdkezwehwpr.jpg"></p><p>Over the past few weeks, taxi drivers have turned increasingly violent in their opposition to the car-sharing service, which they contend unfairly undercuts their business. Unlike Uber drivers, taxi drivers have to pay tens of thousands of euros for certification each year. Drivers are also frustrated by passenger complaints over a lack of t...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130422582/lexus-offers-a-glimpse-of-a-functional-hoverboard-prototype Lexus offers a glimpse of a functional hoverboard prototype Nicholas Korody 2015-06-25T18:18:00-04:00 >2015-06-28T16:11:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yn/ynuo6d4p4dwpxu15.jpg" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Watch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future. The automaker has hinted it&rsquo;s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Social media lit up last night after Lexus <a href="http://www.lexus-int.com/amazinginmotion/slide/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a tantalizing promo video for a "functional hoverboard" prototype. Smoke can be seen curling up from the skateboard-like design, which features a bamboo deck and "the iconic Lexus spindle grille." The prototype uses liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductors and magnets, a technology already implemented in Japan's high-speed rail lines to eliminate friction. While the video appears to show the board hovering on a regular surface, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/tldr/2015/6/25/8846785/lexus-hoverboard-skatepark-its-real-not-a-drill" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a> indicate that there is a metal track beneath the custom-designed skate park, which was built&nbsp;in a town outside of Barcelona.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i8/i886cehlvz0tsyzb.jpg"></p><p>If the video makes you nostalgic for&nbsp;<em>Back to the Future,&nbsp;</em>it's no coincidence. A more detailed release is slated for Oct. 21, the day that Marty McFly traversed back to the future.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tp/tptbgbayar6mbfss.jpg"></p><p>Actually, this isn't actually the world's first overboard prototype. <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142464853/hendo-hoverboards-worlds-first-real-hoverboard" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hendo Hoverboard</a> is a crowd-sourced technology designed by Greg Henderson, an architect by training. Henderson joined Archinect Sessio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130270609/human-organ-mimicking-microchip-wins-designs-of-the-year-award-2015 Human organ-mimicking microchip wins Designs of the Year Award 2015 Justine Testado 2015-06-23T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:14:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8zdel8pjhkfq16xa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A microdevice called Human Organs-on-Chips is engineered with the astounding ability to mimic the complex structures, functions, and mechanical motions of whole human organs. Fabricated by scientists Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, Human Organs-on-Chips was announced today as the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year Award</a> winner in the <a href="http://designmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Museum</a>'s popular international competition.</p><p>The annual contest shows off an entertaining categorized mix of thoughtful designs whose creators range from global-brand giants to emerging entrepreneurs. Needless to say, competition is tough year after year. In 2014, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center</a> in Baku, Azerbaijan snatched the winning title.</p><p>The 2015 edition started out with <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/design_museums_designs_of_the_year_2015_nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">76 nominated Designs-of-the-Year hopefuls</a> across six categories: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121215975/get-a-glimpse-of-the-designs-of-the-year-2015-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture</a>, Digital, Fashion, Graphic, Product and Transport. (The Furniture category in previous editions appears to have been omitted.) Last month, the jury then selected the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130257729/using-lasers-to-decode-gothic-architecture Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-06-23T15:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:14:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/8918f8e5d6858053fa7e5631443fbb24.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Andrew] Tallon, 46, wasn't the first to realize that laser scanners could be used to deconstruct Gothic architecture. But he was the first to use the scans to get inside medieval builders' heads. "Every building moves," he says. "It heaves itself out of shape when foundations move, when the sun heats up on one side." How the building moves reveals its original design and the choices that the master builder had to make when construction didn't go as planned...</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>