Archinect - News 2016-02-09T23:50:55-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/147736187/these-fascinating-gps-doodles-were-drawn-by-cycling-the-grid-of-the-city These fascinating GPS doodles were 'drawn' by cycling the grid of the city Alexander Walter 2016-02-09T15:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T17:27:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zt/ztgm5lyf6lxjt6y7.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stephen Lund considers the Canadian city of Victoria his canvas and a bicycle his brush. And the paint? Strava, a GPS tracking system which marks his routes with crimson lines. So far, he has pedaled around&nbsp;in&nbsp;the shapes of critters such as&nbsp;an angler fish, giraffe, giant anteater, and nine-banded armadillo; mythical and interplanetary creatures such as the Siren of the Salish Sea, the Sea Serpent of Haro Strait, and the Dark Lord of the Sith.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a look at some of Lund's intricate "GPS Doodles," also known as "Strava art:"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/i7/i7tvna7crptifgua.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/47/47oor13rfpt6bnp4.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/by/byq2ajxo56l09lto.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1m/1m45m8843ey201hv.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x3/x38k301tkrezhjvt.jpg"></p><p>Head over to Stephen Lund's blog&nbsp;<a href="http://gpsdoodles.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gpsdoodles.com</a>&nbsp;to find way more of this goodness and watch him explain his approach in the video from the recent TEDxVictoria below.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141895196/cut-away-confusion-from-your-nyc-commute-with-these-beautiful-subway-maps" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140959476/throwback-throughway-when-gps-fails-these-gorgeous-mental-maps-help-you-navigate" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146818488/digital-manufacturing-revolution-still-held-back-by-outdated-equipment Digital manufacturing revolution still held back by outdated equipment Alexander Walter 2016-01-28T17:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T12:06:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0e/0ea020840065449787a51c5ca0ca8589.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most small manufacturers &mdash; a big chunk of the nation&rsquo;s supply chain &mdash; are running older, pre-Internet equipment.&nbsp;&ldquo;One of the issues we have to address,&rdquo; said Harris, &ldquo;is this legacy equipment.&rdquo; The digital thread can be hard to trace in an entrepreneur like Ellegiers&rsquo; plan to ship an app for making a desk, instead of a finished product.&nbsp; &ldquo;Most shops are definitely not ready for this,&rdquo; Ellegiers said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While many American manufacturing workshops may still be stuck with legacy equipment, you can learn more about fabricators at the very forefront of the industry&mdash;employing cutting-edge technology in creative ways&mdash;in Archinect's new <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/142362067/matters-of-scale-mass-an-interview-with-jim-durham-of-quarra-stone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Matters of Scale</a> feature series.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146746209/man-spends-48-hours-in-vr-without-interruption-and-survives Man spends 48 hours in VR without interruption – and survives Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T17:17:00-05:00 >2016-01-28T12:30:24-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1dc79aecf88eaba9ab430625eaadb39.jpg" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After staging [a 48-hr long continuous VR experience], [Thorsten] Wiedemann is convinced that &ldquo;long period VR trips&rdquo; are possible, and that current technology is sufficient for such purposes. The only problem was when he had a panic attack after the 25th hour, when he was pretty close to giving up. &ldquo;I had no physical problems, no burning eyes, killing headaches or nausea,&rdquo; Wiedemann says. &ldquo;The path to the future is now prepared..."</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146212120/rendered-reality-the-vr-journalism-of-emblematic-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rendered reality: the VR journalism of Emblematic Group</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146363126/you-can-now-explore-the-guggenheim-rotunda-galleries-online-via-google-street-view You can now explore the Guggenheim rotunda galleries online via Google Street View Alexander Walter 2016-01-22T18:28:00-05:00 >2016-02-02T22:31:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cy/cyh7p3i6jjyf1k8h.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Online visitors from around the world can now explore the interior of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright&ndash;designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through Google Street View technology. Additionally, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, in collaboration with the Google Cultural Institute, has made available over 120 artworks from its collection for online viewing. [...] The Guggenheim&rsquo;s architecture presented unique challenges for Google&rsquo;s engineers and Street View team.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1l/1l3ku3vj1nwrban1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5r/5r54my4mtydqa7o0.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yc/ycue6s3wwizi0uv7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dv/dv8zckcnvypx73g9.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fr/fr0ktsot7iw5gk8n.jpg"></p><p>Ready to immerse yourself? Click <a href="https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/asset-viewer/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ?projectId=art-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to start your stroll down the rotunda.</p><p><em>All images courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115731034/google-is-letting-you-visit-museums-around-the-world-using-street-view-and-youtube" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google is letting you visit museums around the world using Street View and Youtube</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135747100/google-street-view-captures-beautiful-public-space-transformations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View captures beautiful public space transformations</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146283620/ucl-researchers-present-a-new-kind-of-self-cleaning-nano-engineered-window UCL researchers present a new kind of self-cleaning nano-engineered window Alexander Walter 2016-01-21T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-01-21T17:49:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iu2mdlqx9i4vxagw.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at University College London (UCL) claim that a &ldquo;revolutionary&rdquo; new type of window could cut cleaning costs in tall buildings and reduce heating bills by up to 40% thanks to a new combination of nano-scale engineering inspired by the eyes of moths, and thermochromic coating. The prototype, revealed today, has conical nanostructures engraved on its surface that trap air and prevent all but a tiny amount of water coming into actual contact with the glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The lead UCL researcher said this would be a big draw for high-rise building owners, since the cost of cleaning the windows surpasses the cost of installing them after the first five years."</em></p><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146269122/the-couple-falsely-accused-by-find-my-phone-again-and-again The couple falsely accused by "Find My Phone," again and again Nicholas Korody 2016-01-21T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T23:15:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pcjdr8rkyta8mxr.jpg" width="514" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It started the first month that Christina Lee and Michael Saba started living together. An angry family came knocking at their door demanding the return of a stolen phone. Two months later, a group of friends came with the same request. One month, it happened four times. The visitors, who show up... sometimes accompanied by police officers, always say the same thing: their phone-tracking apps are telling them that their smartphones are in this house in a suburb of Atlanta.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145046942/mark-zuckerberg-s-resolution-for-2016-build-an-at-home-ai-like-jarvis-in-iron-man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141361583/prairie-futurism-designs-revealed-for-the-new-chicago-apple-store" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prairie futurism: designs revealed for the new Chicago Apple store</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131560903/apple-s-spaceship-campus-being-built-to-iphone-standards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's spaceship campus being built to iPhone standards</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:08:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using drones for aerial photography has been a source of controversy for several years now. But amid increasing concerns over privacy and safety, some conservation scientists are hoping drone owners will help them to document sea level rise. With an expected increase in storm activity in the Pacific Ocean this winter, scientists believe they are getting a glimpse of the impacts of climate change on coastlines.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see an interactive example of a&nbsp;DroneDeploy-stitched high-resolution map, click <a href="https://www.dronedeploy.com/app/viewer?lng=-118.936144153&amp;lat=34.044211625&amp;zoom=17.0&amp;token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzUxMiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJ0eXBlIjoiUHVibGljVmlld2VyIiwiaWQiOiI1Njk5NDU1NTE2MWJlMjAwMGFlZjQxOTEiLCJleHAiOjI1MzQwMjMwMDc5OX0.TFovFDGOncH_M3p_R4-KIRxuhin-6mQL49sCJ9jzkng072hd5BVMGwpq1AWSHbqSzUIZmyOJd6xjNvPEd_WPbw&amp;view=569a74e2dd322724233846ac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">License and registration, please: new FAA regulations mandate drone registration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145592812/wired-takes-a-look-inside-tesla-s-car-factory-of-the-future Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future Alexander Walter 2016-01-12T18:45:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T21:14:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fa/fafc853e3544302ba02edc7d2ed6581a.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Robots hate litter," reads a health and safety sign. "Please don't give them any more reasons to overthrow mankind." It's also fair to say that naming your robots makes the whole process of constructing cars vaguely ridiculous. "Wolverine and Iceman lift the cars to tramline two," our tour guide informs us with the zeal of a true believer, adding, as he did after virtually every sentence, that this is 'kind of amazing'.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><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><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind."</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:32:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59a36227f372036ed225d3b9e89f66b0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to a team of researchers at MIT, both scenarios may be possible before long, thanks to a new material that can store solar energy during the day and release it later as heat, whenever it&rsquo;s needed. This transparent polymer film could be applied to many different surfaces, such as window glass or clothing. [...] the new finding could provide a highly efficient method for storing the sun&rsquo;s energy through a chemical reaction and releasing it later as heat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139027144/mit-s-new-kinetic-blocks-enhances-ability-to-build-using-microsoft-kinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's new "Kinetic Blocks" enhances ability to build using Microsoft Kinect</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648127/mit-presents-3d-printer-that-can-print-10-materials-simultaneously-without-breaking-the-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142833231/zoom-in-zoom-out-hashim-sarkis-dean-of-mit-s-school-of-architecture-planning-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoom In, Zoom Out: Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT's School of Architecture + Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #5</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis – and charge our phones Alexander Walter 2016-01-05T14:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-05T16:06:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kf/kfdxi1fk3j6twql1.jpg" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at Cranfield University in the UK have created a prototype of a toilet that works without being connected to water or sewage systems, and that can generate electricity and clean water as it composts waste. [...] The Nano Membrane Toilet, which has been developed with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, would be a kind of &lsquo;super-toilet&rsquo;, helping to improve sanitation for people without access to utilities &ndash; at present some 2.5 billion people around the world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is how the Nano Membrane Toilet works: "The toilet flush uses a unique rotating mechanism to transport the mixture into the toilet without demanding water whilst simultaneously blocking odour and the user&rsquo;s view of the waste.&nbsp;Solids separation (faeces) is principally accomplished through sedimentation. Loosely bound water (mostly from urine) is separated using low glass transition temperature hollow-fibre membranes. The unique nanostructured membrane wall facilitates water transport in the vapour state rather than as a liquid state which yields high rejection of pathogens and some odorous volatile compounds. A novel nano-coated bead enables water vapour recovery through encouraging the formation of water droplets at the nanobead surface. Once the droplets form a critical size, the water drains into a collection vessel for reuse at the household level in washing or irrigation applications.&nbsp;Following release of unbound water, the residual solids (around 20-25% solids) are transpo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143134443/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-installations-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board Archinect 2015-12-11T18:06:00-05:00 >2015-12-16T01:41:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z3/z3vd6v6hqp7cm5ma.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/firms" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p><p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/69075090/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-be-using-archinect-s-follow-feature" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p><p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="http://pinterest.com/archinect/installations/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/az/azlko6cajvv211zm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/97651404/stack/135752735" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stack</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/FreelandBuck" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a>; Fabrication, assembly, and installation:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/kenmishima" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ken Mishima</a> &amp; Juan Lau</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/25/25vkqzb4f7rn3hov.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/22604145/pleated-inflation/142435160" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pleated Inflation</a> in Argel&egrave;s, France by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22604145/theverymany" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">THEVERYMANY</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q4/q4emqnav50qcddr2.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/p-ar/project/infinity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INFINITY</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/p-ar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Platform for Architecture + Research (PAR)</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/62/62o8vhg20h2fvudf.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/5685141/digest/82742866" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIGEST</a> in Detroit, MI by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5685141/aaron-jones-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AARON JONES ARCHITECTURE</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aj/ajzadwf6sz9rw2g5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/87276321/poiana-lui-iocan-bucharest-architecture-festival/87277927" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poiana lui Iocan @ Bucharest Architecture Festival</a> in Bucharest, Romania by <a href="http://archinect.com/fieldtrip" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Trip</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/e6/e6uwxh1nihf8cot9.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/135630365/treedom/135631172" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TREEDOM</a> in Budapest, Hungary by <a href="http://archinect.com/atelieryokyok" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier YokYok</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tk/tkyljuhp63x8pwwr.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/dddllc/project/blow-x-blow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blow x blow</a> in Los Angeles, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/dddllc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deegan Day Design llc.</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/p9/p92fde09hqemt8qg.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/704/kinetic-wall/141731398" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kinetic Wall" for La Biennale di Venezia/14th International Architecture Exhibition "Fundamentals"</a> in Venice, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a>; Photo: ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142821980/france-moves-to-block-tor-ban-free-and-public-wi-fi France moves to block Tor, ban free and public Wi-Fi Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T15:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-07T15:20:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04j4462hvfhhb4cc.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to leaked documents France's Ministry of Interior is considering two new proposals: a ban on free and shared Wi-Fi connections during a state of emergency, and measures to block Tor being used inside France. The documents were seen by the French newspaper Le Monde. According to the paper, new bills could be presented to parliament as soon as January 2016. These proposals&nbsp;are presumably in response to the attacks in Paris last month&nbsp;where 130 people were murdered.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the report published by <em><a href="http://www.lemonde.fr/attaques-a-paris/article/2015/12/05/la-liste-musclee-des-envies-des-policiers_4825245_4809495.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Le Monde</a></em>, the French Ministry of Interior has developed two frightening new security proposals that may be presented to parliament early next years.</p><p>The first, as reported by&nbsp;<em>Ars Technica</em>, would block free, public WiFi during a state of emergency. On November 20, France extended its state of emergency &ndash; implemented in the immediate aftermath of last month's terror attacks &ndash; to three months. Blocking signals could be difficult to implement, if still possible, and have potentially massive implications, leaving many without internet access for extended periods of time.</p><p>The second proposal is to block and/or forbid use of Tor. Originally developed by the US Government to protect intelligence communication, Tor is a free software that enables anonymous communication and internet access. While often used for illicit purposes, notably access to the darknet in order to purchase black market items, it's also vital for whistleblowers, journalists and politic...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/142529092/losing-yourself-in-the-smart-city Losing yourself in the smart city Nicholas Korody 2015-12-03T18:35:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8qyp9fc9hy7x7vd.jpg" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Thanks to Big Data, it is now next to impossible to reside anonymously in a modern city. Why? Because data anonymization itself is almost impossible without using advanced cryptography. Our every transaction leaves a digital marker that can be mined by anyone with the right tools or enough determination.</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/141435421/a-look-inside-tesla-s-growing-gigafactory-it-will-blow-your-mind A look inside Tesla's growing Gigafactory: "It will blow your mind." Alexander Walter 2015-11-19T13:24:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T22:24:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/70/706c85abd12d31e6e1ba90f70a4cc009.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Musk had warned me that the scale of the place would be overwhelming. "It will blow your mind. You see it in person and then realize, Fuck, this is big." He was right. It was impossible not to feel awestruck by the sprawling, 71-foot-tall structure stretched out, miragelike, before me as I drove into a shallow canyon. [...] When the Gigafactory is finished, it will be only slightly smaller than Boeing&rsquo;s Everett, Washington, plant, which is the world&rsquo;s largest building by volume.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94500500/tesla-announces-plans-to-build-5-billion-battery-gigafactory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Announces Plans to Build $5 Billion Battery 'Gigafactory'</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126782986/did-tesla-almost-go-bankrupt-without-anyone-noticing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140958669/the-new-monument-men-with-3d-cameras-and-gps-data-against-cultural-annihilation-in-syria-and-beyond The new Monument Men: with 3D cameras and GPS data against cultural annihilation in Syria and beyond Alexander Walter 2015-11-12T19:00:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:40:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z8/z8kwvv96bsb6l562.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That&rsquo;s why a team from the Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA) is turning to the next best option&mdash;using technology to protect cultural heritage. Founded in 2012 by Roger Michel, IDA is a joint effort between Harvard University and Oxford University to create an open-source database of high-resolution images and three-dimensional graphics of things like paper and papyrus documents, epigraphs and small artifacts. Work on what IDA has named the Million Image Database began in early 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/95/95ryi215hh3z9hu6.jpg"></p><p>The photo shows the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Baal Shamin temple</a> prior to its destruction. Volunteers of the&nbsp;Institute for Digital Archaeology were able to digitally archive the 2,000-year-old&nbsp;structure for the&nbsp;<a href="http://digitalarchaeology.org.uk/new-page/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Million Image Database</a> project just in time before <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS fighters seized control</a> of Palmyra's historic site.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138261747/isis-militants-have-reportedly-blown-up-palmyra-s-arch-of-triumph" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants have reportedly blown up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121736292/isis-continues-destruction-of-ancient-artefacts-burns-mosul-library-smashes-antique-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS continues destruction of ancient artefacts, burns Mosul library, smashes antique statues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103117907/pbs-premiere-of-time-scanners-brings-3d-digital-preservation-technology-to-a-wider-audience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PBS' premiere of "Time Scanners" brings 3D digital preservation technology to a wider audience</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140899262/flying-firefighters-the-jetpack-is-quickly-becoming-a-reality Flying firefighters: the jetpack is quickly becoming a reality Nicholas Korody 2015-11-11T22:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-12T12:45:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1erj4qugxg2027ay.jpg" width="514" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the near-future, Dubai Civil Defence officers may be zooming in on to the scene of building fires using futuristic personal jetpacks. Designed by New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company, the jet-packs can be operated by a single pilot for 30 minutes at ranges of between 30 and 50 kilometres at altitudes of up to 3,000 feet. The pilot stands on a platform in a 'pilot module' between two propeller engines, which look like large versions of those commonly found on civilian drones.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/in/inff896nw7hk2jjw.jpg"><br><br>I'm not sure when or how it happened, but apparently jet packs are a real thing now.&nbsp;On Tuesday, the Dubai Civil Defense service signed a deal with Martin Aircraft for the future delivery of jetpacks, training material, and spare parts. Dubai's towering skyline necessitates a degree of vertical mobility in its emergency respondents. Equipped with jetpacks, firefighters can rapidly rescue people stranded near the top of a building if an emergency renders the elevators inoperable (as they tend to do).&nbsp;<br><br>And then last week, the US Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration let an Australian named David Mayman fly around the Statue of Liberty with a jetpack made by Jetpack Aviation. According to a <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2015/11/11/man-jetpack-flies-around-statue-liberty/75570734/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a>, this satisfied Mayman's dream to become a "real life Ironman" (which is a bit odd, because I'm pretty sure Elon Musk already called dibs on that).<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/m0/m0olp5j4toi2mwxv.gif"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/gm/gm085moxcgqyba0z.gif"><br><br>In any case, the videos are really fun and the technology is obviously quite interesting, with a lot of possible applications. The articl...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140826147/aleatory-architectures-the-bright-future-of-self-assembling-granular-materials Aleatory Architectures: the bright future of self-assembling granular materials Alexander Walter 2015-11-10T20:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:53:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/eu/eufq5rapiob0e8gx.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But some designers are toying with another idea&mdash;that there&rsquo;s a different way to build that exploits randomness rather than avoids it. This kind of building will rely on new kinds of granular materials that when tipped into place, bind together in ways that provide structural stability. [...] Sean Keller at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and Heinrich Jaeger at the University of Chicago explain how this kind of &ldquo;aleatory architecture&rdquo; is finally becoming possible.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>That will have a profound effect on the process of design. &ldquo;As a result, preplanning is freed from considering the local structural detail,&rdquo; say Keller and Jaeger. &ldquo;Instead, the main task now becomes generating the proper particle shapes as well as the overall boundary and processing conditions to guarantee that the desired target structure will be mechanically stable when realized.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138497945/cutting-across-the-chicago-architecture-biennial-rock-print-from-eth-z-rich-and-mit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139098639/simcity-and-beyond-the-history-of-city-building-games SimCity and beyond: the history of city-building games Alexander Walter 2015-10-16T13:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T15:23:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mx/mx1kl663h33qgks9.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities are everywhere. Billions of us live in them, and many of us think we could do a better job than the planners. But for the past 26 years dating back to the original SimCity, we've mostly been proving that idea false. [...] And now, here, I'm going to take you on a whirlwind tour through the history of the city-building genre&mdash;from its antecedents to the hot new thing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120370298/the-issue-of-homelessness-in-simcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The issue of homelessness in SimCity</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122202906/how-video-game-engines-may-influence-the-future-of-architecture-and-everything-else" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/70162301/three-guiding-principles-for-a-fine-fake-metropolis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Three guiding principles for a fine fake metropolis</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/138352532/a-city-for-the-future-but-devoid-of-people A city for the future but devoid of people Nicholas Korody 2015-10-06T18:07:00-04:00 >2015-10-08T22:37:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/j4/j4mvl0ztmiy3qb0v.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the arid plains of the southern New Mexico desert, between the site of the first atomic bomb test and the U.S.-Mexico border, a new city is rising from the sand. Planned for a population of 35,000, the city will showcase a modern business district downtown, and neat rows of terraced housing in the suburbs. It will be supplied with pristine streets, parks, malls and a church. But no one will ever call it home.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Planned by the telecommunications and tech firm Pegasus Global Holdings, the <a href="http://www.cite-city.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CITE</a> (Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation) is a $1 billion plan to build a model city to test out and develop new technologies.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pb/pbved2ty9d2xxt75.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b7/b7u9ion5kdqc8zt7.jpg"><br><br>With specialized zones for agriculture, energy, and water treatment, the city would also play host to tests for new tech like self-driving cars, responsive roads, and "smart homes" of all kinds.</p><p>CITE would have built-in sensors throughout, as well as a central control room to oversee operations.&nbsp;<br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4a/4az2zc6zuhlfp6d3.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/27/27fa97208s9nuqyf.gif"><br><br>CITE does not plan to have humans inhabiting the city to allow for faster testing and fewer potential mishaps. But that presents its own issues: after all, these technologies are ultimately intended for social use, and even "smart cities" have to be populated by humans.</p><p>"The inhabitants of cities are not just interchangeable individuals that can be dropped into experimental settings," Professor Steve Rayner, co-director of the Oxford Programme for the Future of Cities, tells CNN.&nbsp;"Th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/138032377/urban-parasites-data-driven-urbanism-and-the-case-for-architecture Urban Parasites, Data-Driven Urbanism, and the Case for Architecture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-10-02T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-10-05T10:20:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nl/nlp37ao7j34o1fwn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>at least some part of architectural practice needs to move on from having buildings as the only output. The answer to every urban question cannot always be a building, clearly. Whilst buildings may be part of some solutions, there are broader, deeper questions in play&mdash;good architects see this, but the practice (from education up) is still not exploring this implied question broadly enough.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A call for architecture, for architects, their schools, their buildings and their cities via the technology they still struggle to grasp regardless of their software driven shaping skills, a valuable read by Dan Hill of City of Sound. Technological effect is elsewhere.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136343758/apple-announces-new-ipad-pro-aimed-at-creative-professionals Apple announces new iPad Pro aimed at creative professionals Nicholas Korody 2015-09-10T13:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T10:48:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/14/14kuxd64nxjb7w8j.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple has announced a range of new products, including a new larger iPad, two new smartphones and a long-awaited update to Apple TV. In a now traditional September event, this time held at San Francisco&rsquo;s 7,000 seater Bill Graham civic auditorium, 2,000 engineers, advertisers, executives and journalists saw Apple&rsquo;s marketing chief Phil Schiller reveal a new 12.9-inch screen iPad that the company hopes will appeal to both professional creatives and committed tablet users.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With a $799 price-tag, the new iPad Pro could offer a more affordable option for creatives than a MacBook Pro or a desktop. The tablet will have a 10-hour battery life and a faster, more efficient A9X processor, as well as a 12.9-inch Retina display. In addition, the iPad was introduced alongside "Apple Pencil," a smart stylus.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.apple.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a> included a revamped AppleTV with a new, native operating system and Siri. Two new iPhones were also announced, with features such as a 3D touch gesture (like a pressure sensitive, responsive multi-touch), 4K video, and "Live Photos," which are like gifs capturing "the moments just before and after your picture," and then put into motion.</p><p>Probably the most exciting news, the stylus and iPad Pro could have the potential to greatly bridge the distance between traditional pen-and-paper and digital designing, with intuitive technology like tethering line weight to applied pressure. As such, it could offer a lot to designers who still bring out traci...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135648127/mit-presents-3d-printer-that-can-print-10-materials-simultaneously-without-breaking-the-bank MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank Alexander Walter 2015-09-01T13:34:00-04:00 >2015-09-07T08:12:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yf/yfi0vtwt2vtpr8g5.jpg" width="514" height="705" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As 3D printing advances from its plastic roots, we&rsquo;re seeing more and more materials passing through its nozzles. Metal, glass, random gunk&mdash;each new filament opens the door to new manufacturing applications. Now researchers have made a printer they claim can use up to ten different materials at once. The &ldquo;MultiFab,&rdquo; made by MIT&rsquo;s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), could offer a relatively low-cost option for the multimaterial 3D printing market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Click <a href="http://cfg.mit.edu/sites/cfg.mit.edu/files/paper.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full paper,&nbsp;<em>MultiFab: A Machine Vision Assisted Platform for Multi-material 3D Printing</em>.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122302552/uc-berkeley-team-unveils-bloom-3d-printed-cement-structure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC Berkeley team unveils "Bloom" 3D-printed cement structure</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120908279/singapore-company-launches-world-s-first-3d-printer-scanner-hybrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore company launches world's first 3d printer/scanner hybrid</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135189464/could-quantum-dots-be-the-key-to-turning-windows-into-photovoltaics Could 'quantum dots' be the key to turning windows into photovoltaics? Nicholas Korody 2015-08-26T14:37:00-04:00 >2015-08-26T14:37:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wl/wlstnmffz6qf4j91.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While wind may be one of the most economical power sources out there, photovoltaic solar energy has a big advantage: it can go small. While wind gets cheaper as turbines grow larger, the PV hardware scales down to fit wherever we have infrastructure. In fact, simply throwing solar on our existing building stock could generate a very large amount of carbon-free electricity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>But, as many homeowners already know, installing solar panels can be quite cost-prohibitive. New research might just have solved that problem by incorporating solar hardware into the most basic light filter used in architecture: the window.</p><p>According to a study, solar windows could filter out a portion of light and convert about a third of it to electricity. By utilizing a "diffuse cloud of quantum dots," the glass would still meet "the highest standards for indoor lighting."</p><p>The quantum dots are made of "copper,&nbsp;indium, and selenium, covered in a layer of zinc sulfide." They absorb a broad band of the solar spectrum but convert it to "specific wavelength in the infrared," which happens to be ideal for absorption by a silicon photovoltaic.&nbsp;</p><p>There would be a good deal of energy loss in the conversion process compared to a panel installed on a roof, but as <em>Ars Technica</em> notes, that's not really the point. Contemporary architecture tends to use vast amounts of glazing &ndash; by harvesting even ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135044746/newly-patented-space-elevator-could-take-astronauts-12-miles-up-into-the-stratosphere Newly patented space elevator could take astronauts 12 miles up into the stratosphere Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T17:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T12:30:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m61qkb2sy41ixfdt.jpg" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Canadian space and defense company Thoth Technology is attempting to make reaching the stratosphere as simple as riding an elevator up a tower about 23 times taller than the world&rsquo;s tallest building. The Thoth space elevator patent, approved by the US patent office on July 21, specifies that the tower could be built on any &ldquo;planetary surface,&rdquo; (i.e. not just Earth), a sign that Thoth is thinking pretty far ahead. [...] the top of the tower will serve as a rocket launch site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In slightly more <em>recent-technology</em> elevator news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</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/127120545/installation-of-ultrarope-elevators-begins-at-kingdom-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Installation of UltraRope elevators begins at Kingdom Tower</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134040761/watch-taipei-101-s-728-ton-mass-damper-in-action-during-typhoon-soudelor Watch Taipei 101's 728-ton mass damper in action during Typhoon Soudelor Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T16:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:30:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/32/32b2605e03812cda594bb7ae6d8dc49d.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like all supertall skyscrapers, Tapei 101 has a mechanism inside to help stabilize itself in high winds. [...] At 6:59 am, in the winds of Typhoon Soudelor, the damper moved by a full meter from its center position, farther than it has ever moved in the building's decade history. [...] Soudelor brought sustained winds of 100 mph, with at least one confirmed gust of 145 mph .</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/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/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/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots Justine Testado 2015-06-17T18:57:00-04:00 >2015-06-19T13:04:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6b/6blqia0f0wcri1dr.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MX3D, a research and development startup company, will use robots to 3D print a pedestrian bridge across one of Amsterdam&rsquo;s canals. The versatile six-axis robotic arms will &lsquo;draw&rsquo; steel structures in 3D, starting from one side of the canal and building across until it reaches the other end. The robot will also print its own support, which allows it to work autonomously. The location of the bridge will be announced soon and construction is set to commence in 2017.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="New Googleplex will be built by robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126826379/new-googleplex-will-be-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Googleplex will be built by robots</a></p><p><a title="Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125510369/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots</a></p><p><a title="Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125374469/robot-gives-a-helping-hand-as-taubman-college-breaks-ground-on-new-school-addition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robot gives a helping hand as Taubman College breaks ground on new school addition</a></p><p><a title="Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106961/self-folding-robot-based-on-origami" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami</a></p><p><a title="Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/100171363/gensler-la-wants-to-use-drones-to-alleviate-the-scale-limits-of-3d-printing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler LA wants to use drones to alleviate the scale limits of 3D printing</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T22:34:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/033f0c44033ff4e3ef11d35c0dce7df1.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion &mdash; a phenomenon in which major earthquakes shake skyscrapers slowly but severely &mdash; was shown to the media on Monday after being installed in a 55-story building in central Tokyo. [...] The companies said it is the nation&rsquo;s first rooftop vibration control device against earthquakes.</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>