Archinect - News 2014-09-23T16:30:50-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108098517/dronevertising-makes-real-life-pop-up-ads ‘Dronevertising’ Makes Real Life Pop-Up Ads Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T13:51:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fd15393b6848396857a69d7d6c93001.jpg" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It was only a matter of time before someone saw the commercial potential of drones. Their compact size and swift mobility makes them ideal vehicles for transporting goods and information around the crowded streets of a city. Amazon has recently been testing the potential for drone deliveries, but Russian creative agency Hungry Boys&rsquo; campaign has brought a new dimension to both advertising and drone use.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105808748/martha-stewart-in-the-age-of-drone-photography" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Martha Stewart in the age of drone photography</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107562227/hunts-point-memories-of-the-future Hunts Point | Memories of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:31:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/87/874e68e79d098211b58bf25adb5bf113.jpg" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with fifteen poets and community activists from StartUp Box South Bronx, I recently created Memories of the Future, a location-based cinema project viewed on mobile phones. The group experimented with spoken word poetry, site specific performance, and on-site spectatorship to reframe the predominant view of Hunts Point and speak about possibilities for its future from a position of power.</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/106578172/new-google-satellites-could-be-able-to-see-your-face-from-the-sky New Google Satellites Could Be Able to See Your Face from the Sky Nicholas Korody 2014-08-14T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:09:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3jxl76otuq8o7it.jpg" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution&mdash;twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm [...] The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see &ldquo;manholes and mailboxes&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>DigitalGlobe launched the first commercial satellite yesterday. Google, Microsoft, and several US government agencies are customers of DigitalGlobe. Such sharp images would be able to make out human faces, which, coupled with facial recognition software, could start to sound like a sci-fi dystopia. But it also would have interesting implications for both daily life and architecture, providing a startling degree of visibility across distances.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106094906/how-video-games-have-the-power-to-change-real-lives How video games have the power to change real lives Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:39:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9e/9e824aabdeb98deb13c1eb009f81c429.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the intricate fantasy environments imagined for games like GTA V may well prove more useful than they seem. Now the technologies and tools developed by this multibillion dollar entertainment industry are making changes in the real world. John Isaacs, a lecturer in computing at the University of Abertay, is one of those exploring the possibilities of game engines. In 2011, he developed an urban mapping application for his PhD project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:54:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d9797b7cf9bdca79639231f5a2b53ff.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter the UltraRope, a new kind of lift cable developed by Finnish elevator company Kone. Eschewing woven steel cable in favour of carbon fibre, the UltraRope is described as &ldquo;lift-hoisting technology&rdquo; [...]. Strong and lightweight, the UltraRope will supposedly allow lifts to travel up to 1km in a single run, double what&rsquo;s currently possible with a steel cable. The UltraRope is 90% lighter than the equivalent steel cable, thereby reducing the load and enabling far taller continuous runs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105327718/will-blexting-help-with-detroit-blight Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d3dfb9154366e1f6543526a9296ff20.jpg" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process &mdash; the awful-sounding &ldquo;blexting.&rdquo;) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several &ldquo;blexting bootcamps,&rdquo; will be held in coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103247268/despite-successes-blight-still-threatens-detroit-s-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105016813/north-carolina-museum-of-art-receives-grant-for-a-high-tech-education-center North Carolina Museum of Art Receives Grant for a High-Tech Education Center Nicholas Korody 2014-07-25T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T19:49:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4g/4gpzuq6jg56vdlvz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The North Carolina Museum of Art on Tuesday received a $1.9 million grant from the State Employees&rsquo; Credit Union Foundation for art education research. The grant will establish a high-tech education center that will serve as a portal for accessing the museum&rsquo;s collection, exhibitions and programs.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104799766/archinect-test-drives-fiftythree-s-pencil-and-paper-app-for-ipad Archinect test drives FiftyThree's Pencil and Paper app for iPad Alexander Walter 2014-07-25T10:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:24:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0y/0ylimespgbhvol5c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since I spotted <a href="https://www.fiftythree.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FiftyThree</a>'s beautifully designed iPad pen, aptly called &ldquo;Pencil&rdquo;, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (like literally).</p><p>Made by the creators of the award-winning &ldquo;Paper&rdquo; drawing and sketching app for the iPad, Pencil is promised to be &ldquo;the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper.&rdquo; Archinect reached out to FiftyThree, and a few days later, we received a Pencil in the mail &ndash; pretty packaging and all &ndash; for a test drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiyw0rnt1mf7zil3.jpg"></p><p>The first impression is thoroughly impressive: my Pencil's body is milled from a solid piece of premium-grade walnut (there's also a "Graphite" model sporting a handsome seamless brushed aluminum body) with an eraser tip on one end and a tapered rubber-coated tip on the other end. No cheap plastic here, no buttons to push, no distracting LED diodes flashing. Inspired by the iconic form and dimensions of the carpenter pencil, the design and engineering team of Pencil really set out to turn a cutting-edge high-tech device into a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104187496/what-happens-when-digital-cities-are-abandoned What Happens When Digital Cities Are Abandoned? Archinect 2014-07-14T19:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T19:12:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8f1954f1c061d588b5d751f9c6b19ec.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m a quiet fan of these urban explorers, people who devote time to poking around abandoned buildings or &ldquo;haikyo&rdquo;.... And because I&rsquo;ve spent so much time inhabiting digital rooms myself, I often think about how time decays digital structures. I imagine all of the strings of text that have come before or after mine that similarly disappeared into the void. But what happens when those spaces stick around, as in a virtual world&mdash;when they can&rsquo;t physically decay?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104171398/sorry-your-phone-is-blocked-in-this-coffee-bar Sorry, Your Phone Is Blocked In This Coffee Bar Alexander Walter 2014-07-14T14:22:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:47:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8f/8ff9c3853d9da95cc95dd6c26d93b860.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Artist Julien F. Thomas and architecture office Hughes Condon Marler have designed a coffee bar in Vancouver that disconnects you from all wireless networks once you&rsquo;re inside. The Faraday Caf&eacute; in Vancouver got its name from the Faraday Cage, a material shield around the bar&rsquo;s interior that was built by the designers to block all electromagnetic signals. By creating a place without any digital connections the owners [...] hope to restore non-digital, social interaction between people.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103170138/which-architect-is-winning-the-3d-printing-rat-race Which Architect Is Winning The 3D Printing Rat Race? Alexander Walter 2014-07-01T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-07-08T23:32:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adce0c14946261d3284371f5e81f4819.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architects and builders all over the world seem to be participating in a fictional rat race to build the very first 3D-printed house. In the past five years we&rsquo;ve seen quite some drawings and models of 3D-printed architecture, but only few architects have the printers running until now. In this article we&rsquo;ll compare five of the most prominent 3D-printing initiatives in the world to find out what 3D-printed architecture has in store for the coming years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103092958/a-new-mapping-tool-lets-nyc-residents-peek-into-developers-plans A New Mapping Tool Lets NYC Residents Peek Into Developers' Plans Alexander Walter 2014-06-30T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T13:41:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08f30bb3b0bbd0087e57187ee401adbd.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Municipal Art Society of New York has developed a new tool that shows where development could bring the most change across the city's five boroughs. This resource is a continuation of the group's "Accidental Skyline" initiative, an effort to curb the "as-of-right" development (which allows developers to bypass some regulatory hurdles) that has resulted in some of New York's tallest and skinniest new skyscrapers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102799938/scientists-develop-technique-to-improve-flexible-conductive-transparent-glass Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass Nicholas Korody 2014-06-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T09:23:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81bbhq10dkjfbon0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new technique developed by a Binghamton University physicist and his colleagues will improve the quality of flexible, conductive, transparent glass. (The sort that's needed for Minority Report-style giant computer displays.)[...] Creating a more reliable production process for a-IGZO will save electronics manufacturers money. It could also reduce energy use, as a fully transparent display can take advantage of ambient light and does not require as much backlighting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Advances in technologies such as this one will enable glass to go beyond transparency and become screens, with the potential to radically change architecture and urbanism. A future in which windows, doors, and even walls could stream movies or display art is fast approaching.&nbsp;LED and LCD screens have already become ubiquitous in many cities for advertising. And in Beijing, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540955/Beijing-clouded-smog-way-sunrise-watch-giant-commercial-screens-Tiananmen-Square.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">screens are being used to display sunrises because air pollution is so bad that the skies are almost perpetually gray</a> &ndash; a reminder that cool technology doesn't alone make a for a sci-fi utopia.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100054706/norman-foster-explains-how-3d-printing-will-transform-architecture Norman Foster Explains How 3D Printing Will Transform Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-05-19T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T13:45:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4a7aa2de7748aeebbd213dda60bf1a8e.jpg" width="514" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Super-starchitect Lord Norman Foster and his friends at the European Space Agency stunned the world last year with a plan to build a lunar base by 3D-printing it with moon dust. But what happens when you try something like that on Earth? How is 3D printing changing the way we build cities? I got the chance to ask Foster just that question at the Center for Architecture in New York City last night.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66633417/foster-partners-works-with-european-space-agency-to-3d-print-structures-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99358367/the-quest-to-measure-the-brain-s-response-to-urban-design The Quest to Measure the Brain's Response to Urban Design Archinect 2014-05-07T12:13:00-04:00 >2014-05-08T14:55:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4c8534a5bb6891427e87484f0e5bcbb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were participating in a little experiment trying to answer the question, &ldquo;How does the brain respond to the city?&rdquo; The headsets were recording second-by-second readings of our brain waves via Bluetooth to an app on the iPod. The resulting gigabyte of data, gathered from about 50 participants, will be aggregated into a visualization to be presented May 13 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. It&rsquo;s part of the Van Alen Institute&rsquo;s multiyear &ldquo;Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape&rdquo; project.</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/98843725/the-first-look-at-how-google-s-self-driving-car-handles-city-streets The First Look at How Google's Self-Driving Car Handles City Streets Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T14:15:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T17:03:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66b6c3aa5d9cffa6f52964de5da8506c.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vehicle's early life was confined almost entirely to California highways. Hundreds of thousands of test miles later, the car more or less has mastered the art &mdash; rather, the computer science &mdash; of staying in its lane and keeping its speed. So about a year and a half ago, Google's team shifted focus from the predictable sweep of freeways to the unpredictable maze of city streets. I was invited along as the first journalist to witness how the car is handling its new urban lifestyle.</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/98843122/here-s-the-right-way-to-build-the-futuristic-cities-of-our-dreams Here’s the Right Way to Build the Futuristic Cities of Our Dreams Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T14:06:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T23:34:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c45f4941fb2332dc291becf517c696c1.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our technology-first approach has failed the city of the future. So-called &ldquo;smart cities,&rdquo; powered by technology, carry the promise of responding to the great pressures of our time, such as urban population growth, climate instability, and fiscal uncertainty. But by focusing on the cutting-edge technologies themselves and relying on private companies to move forward, we have lost sight of what we even want our cities to achieve with all that tech.</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/98610951/quantifying-community-hudson-yards-to-partner-with-nyu-s-cusp Quantifying Community: Hudson Yards to Partner with NYU’s CUSP Alexander Walter 2014-04-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17e06d4ce00470f6b52430b4b69f4c22.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What is said to be the largest private real estate development in US history is set to become the country&rsquo;s first &ldquo;quantified community&rdquo; as well. Hudson Yards, a 17 million-square foot [...] development on the far west side of Manhattan, will be embedded with technology to monitor environmental conditions, energy production and usage, and traffic flows among its soon to rise towers. The developers are partnering with New York University&rsquo;s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) [...].</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/98204386/disposable-architecture Disposable architecture? Alexander Walter 2014-04-17T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-06-30T16:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d3gdou82mrgci6s.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;d asked Stokes whether the technology challenges of designing a building to last 100+ years are more difficult today than they were in, say, 1900 &mdash; or if it&rsquo;s as difficult, just different. He said the challenges might be more difficult today, but regardless, maybe technology is changing the solution: we shouldn&rsquo;t try to design buildings today to last 100 years, but design them so they&rsquo;ll last for, say, 20 years and then be replaced.</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/98034524/glow-in-the-dark-roads-make-debut-in-netherlands Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T21:06:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/238343a1aae7758c9a406ecb1a4717f0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.</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/96731623/work-begins-on-the-world-s-first-3d-printed-house Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house Alexander Walter 2014-03-28T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T09:37:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/64/646f312ae59221bb1546deb26f667242.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials &ndash; is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam</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/94500500/tesla-announces-plans-to-build-5-billion-battery-gigafactory Tesla Announces Plans to Build $5 Billion Battery 'Gigafactory' Alexander Walter 2014-02-27T15:05:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4e/4eqlbu2e7d8sfcbi.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palo Alto, Calif., company outlined plans for a factory that would employ up to 6,500 people and cover as many as 1,000 acres, including solar and wind farms to supply its power needs. It is evaluating sites in Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, Tesla said in a regulatory filing. The proposed 10 million-square-foot facility would make the powerful and pricey lithium-ion batteries that power its Model S and future vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On its <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/blog-and-press-releases" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Blog</a>, the company claims that "by the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent."</p><p>Is the electric car not so dead after all?</p><p>See some slides from the 'Gigafactory' presentation below or click <a href="http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/gigafactory.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the full document.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/89218959/robotics-challenge-creating-the-disaster-response-of-the-future Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-19T14:39:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T14:45:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37b38187f55088340a59bd406734e033.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant marked the beginning of the "Robotics Challenge." Developers were rankled by how helpless robots were as they wandered through the radioactively contaminated reactor building. As they swerved around aimlessly in the steam, cables broke and the operators lost contact with the robots. [...] They compiled a list of eight tasks that robots would have to master in the future to be capable of performing well in disaster response.</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/88998060/what-tech-hasn-t-learned-from-urban-planning What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/781e1e473973647db454671905b98944.jpg" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</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/87978707/e-ink-introduces-display-and-new-pocketbook-tablet-for-use-on-the-construction-site E Ink introduces display and new PocketBook tablet for use on the construction site Center for Ants 2013-12-03T11:38:00-05:00 >2014-04-23T12:58:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/az/az9e0jln9tamowiu.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Our goal was to develop a device to be used on construction sites. We created a highly portable large format display device with a rugged and weatherproof case that could hold all the CAD drawings a team needs. This makes designs available virtually any place and any time,"</p></em><br /><br /><p> E Ink announces the 13.3" Fina E-ink Display in conjunction with Pocketbook announcing the new PocketBook CAD Reader. Utilizing the Fina display and running Android 4.04, the larger tablet was explicitly designed to display CAD drawings and be utilized in the field for construction. It utilizes touchscreen and a Wacom stylus input and is designed to be integrated with existing AutoCAD based applications. A case designed to withstand the stresses of construction. The tablet has a 1 Ghz dual-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage, WiFi and 3g modules, and an 8000 mAh battery.</p> <p> The tablet will be on display at the Autodesk University event in Las Vegas, NV, on December 5th.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87929714/robofold-nominated-for-emerging-design-studio-at-the-icon-magazine-awards-2013 RoboFold nominated for “Emerging Design Studio” at the ICON Magazine Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-02T19:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T19:07:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2syeoroh7pe39uu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the upcoming prestigious ICON Magazine Awards 2013 taking place on Dec. 5 at the Oval Space in East London, we're excited to feature industrial design studio RoboFold, who is one of this year's "Emerging Design Studio" nominees. Before RoboFold's establishment in 2007 at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, Gregory Epp &mdash; who was a student there &mdash; spent more than a decade researching curved folding techniques.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zocnkmredbv836e.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/cl1z4fkc72behy6p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zj/zjl8f21i3hf63pt7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Arum&rdquo; Sculpture by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Matthias Urschler.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3qwdnul2vliteha.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xy4ud8t5m8xnqol3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Infinity&rdquo; Sculpture by Stathis Lagoudakis. Image: Tracy Woodford.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87144729/amazon-reportedly-eyeing-up-london-underground-ticket-offices-as-delivery-drop-off-points Amazon Reportedly Eyeing Up London Underground Ticket Offices As Delivery Drop-Off Points Alexander Walter 2013-11-22T14:05:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:03:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ab/ab7eb5a938fb94b203ddae764df245e8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] London&rsquo;s mayor, Boris Johnson, who yesterday announced that almost all ticket offices on the London Underground transport network would close by 2015 [...]. There are 268 ticket offices on the network in total, and around 260 are set to close [...] Ecommerce giant Amazon is reportedly in talks with Transport for London to use the closed ticket offices as &ldquo;drop off&rdquo; points for deliveries.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>It makes plenty of sense for Amazon to be eyeing up prime Tube real-estate &mdash; which could enable it to build out a whole conveniently-sited network of its delivery Lockers in the U.K. Capital &mdash; giving London&rsquo;s commuters a handy stop-off point to get their goods.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87089321/spacemaker-vr-lets-designers-walk-through-their-own-3d-creations Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations Justine Testado 2013-11-22T09:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T08:40:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jo/joog59ovj6ek1kzq.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Spacemaker VR by <a href="http://digitalphysical.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Physical</a> is a virtual reality software system that can add some new perspective to the entire design process. The Spacemaker lets designers export their 3D files and test out their creations, even during the design process. The software also includes customizable presentation display and realistic 3D models of world landmarks -- suitable for travel enthusiasts or perhaps a source of inspiration.<br><br> Digital Physical recently launched a <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/67329263/spacemaker-vr-walk-inside-your-3d-designs" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> in hopes for a beta release by the first half of 2014.</p> <p> Here's more info DP sent us:</p> <p> "Digital Physical, which includes a number of virtual reality veterans, architects and user experience designers, has set the funding goal at $100,000 USD. The Spacemaker system will include realistic 3d models of world landmarks and buildings, a real-time 3d visualizer, and a simple 3d model creation workflow to enable designers to quickly and easily experience what it's like to walk inside their designs."<br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2f/2frjurf3of935aqi.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "'Its b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85537199/so-il-and-gensler-to-design-creative-cultural-incubator-for-new-museum SO-IL and Gensler to ​design creative​ cultural ​incubator for New Museum Justine Testado 2013-11-01T18:06:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ne/nev5wl7a9k525cph.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="http://newmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> will be opening an incubator for art, technology, and design next summer in the institution's adjacent building at 231 Bowery in New York. <a href="http://so-il.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> architects in collaboration with <a href="http://www.gensler.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a> will design the new 11,000 sq.foot facility, which will be located inside a 19th-century structure that formerly belonged to artists like James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann.</p> <p> Developed by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum and Deputy Developer Karen Wong, the incubator will serve as a collaborative platform of shared educational and professional workspace for more than 60 start-up companies and creative entrepreneurs. The project is the latest addition to program series that aims to challenge the boundaries and relevance of museum practice in the 21st century.</p> <p> Prospective members will go through a rigorous application process before being selected by the incubator's Director and staff committee. Incubator members will then pay a monthly fee in exchange for...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84703571/world-s-first-solar-sidewalk-installed-at-george-washington-university World's first "solar sidewalk" installed at George Washington University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-21T21:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-22T14:15:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y7/y7dpaen7vsk1lm9d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."</p></em><br /><br /><p> But can my car drive on it? Built by <a href="http://www.studio39.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio39 Landscape Architecture</a>, the solar-sidewalk is installed on GWU's Virginia Science and Technology Campus.</p>