Archinect - News 2015-05-30T00:49:15-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126779966/master-the-business-side-of-your-architecture-firm Master the Business Side of Your Architecture Firm Sponsor 2015-05-27T11:44:00-04:00 >2015-05-27T11:57:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/04/04rhgcpqgl3qxqxt.jpg" width="514" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. Sure, they may delegate that authority to someone who knows more than they do about balance sheets, income statements and financing, but a firm&rsquo;s principals are ultimately responsible for the decisions made and actions taken in their organization.</p><p>For many small architecture firms, principals don&rsquo;t have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters. In some instances, firm owners use other employees to assist with day-to-day operations.</p><p>Jennifer Pullinger writes in the &ldquo;<em>Architect Magazine</em>&rdquo; that Belmont Freeman, FAIA, of Belmont Freeman Architects in New York City, &ldquo;delegates some of the firm&rsquo;s financial management to individual project architects.&rdquo; Freeman also explains in the article that he creates &ldquo;processes that allow them to continually examine key metrics for their firm. It&rsquo;s good to have an associate in the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning Alexander Walter 2015-05-22T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T14:20:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vw/vwdjcb88zztv0jx4.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The downside of giant banks of windows or glass walls, though, becomes obvious when the&nbsp;relentless afternoon sun makes the heat and stuffiness inside intolerable [...]. The makers of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; say they can address this problem.&nbsp;Smart-glass windows transform from transparent to opaque, and every shade in between, in seconds. They often rely on electrochromic thin films embedded in the glass. The upshot: Less energy is needed to heat or cool a building. Shades and blinds become optional.</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/127241362/how-frank-gehry-helped-create-the-era-of-technological-construction How Frank Gehry helped create the era of "technological construction" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-13T16:48:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T12:32:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kr/kr6v7szpeti61d79.jpg" width="514" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the 1990s, Frank Gehry pioneered... &ldquo;smart&rdquo; digital design in architecture, by using software to optimize designs and translate them directly into a process of fabrication and construction. Now known in the industry as parametric design and building information modeling, this approach has ushered in a new era of architecture, according to art historian Irene Nero: the era of &ldquo;technological construction&rdquo; [...] How did an architect who doesn&rsquo;t use computers start a technology company?</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an article for <a href="http://priceonomics.com/the-software-behind-frank-gehrys-geometrically/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Priceonomics</a>, Lian Chang looks at the role Frank Gehry and his team had on the development of parametric design, aka building information modeling. Beginning with Gehry's fish-inspired&nbsp;pavilion for Barcelona&rsquo;s 1992 Olympics, Chang traces the various construction impasses and subsequent revelations that have helped establish Gehry Technologies as a significant player in the realization of many major architecture projects today (and not just the one's bearing his famous signature).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a6/a6umsm09noqmbuo0.jpg"></p><p>After a contractor failed numerous times to translate Gehry's vision for the Barcelona pavilion, the resident "office hippy,"&nbsp;Jim Glymph, turned to&nbsp;CATIA, a C++ software package originally developed for the aerospace industry. Using parametric B&eacute;zier curves (or vectors) and 3D surface algorithms, Gehry's team was able to realize the project, and on budget.&nbsp;</p><p>Chang continues her history looking at the initial controversies surrounding Gehry's plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the impo...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/127129057/open-data-s-potential-challenges-to-boost-tenants-rights-activism Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</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/126784195/company-creates-a-carbon-negative-plastic Company creates a carbon-negative plastic Nicholas Korody 2015-05-05T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-05-06T08:54:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1e/1ey098jzqq8y4vcz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Mark Herrema] and Kenton Kimmel, a high school classmate, founded the Irvine, California-based company Newlight Technologies in 2003. After years of research, the team unveiled a way to produce plastic from carbon emissions that is actually more affordably priced than oil-based plastics. The "secret sauce" is a biocatalyst that combines air and methane, and reassembles all of the carbon, hydrogen and oxygen molecules into a thermoplastic the makers call AirCarbon.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Newlight's work appears really interesting, addressing two separate but related issues: "first, oil dependency, by replacing oil with captured carbon emissions, and second, climate change, by creating a market-driven carbon capture platform." Basically, the technology comprises using a biocatalyst to combine oxygen with carbon and hydrogen molecules extracted from methane, producing a "long-chain thermoplastic polymer molecule, called AirCarbon." Like other "carbon-negative" technologies, this project involves actually removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, rather than merely attempting to reduce emission levels.</p><p>Smithsonian Magazine interviews the team behind AirCarbon. Some good snippets:</p><ul><li>"...In the past, all biocatalysts were self-limiting, meaning that they could only make a certain amount of polymer before they would turn themselves off and make carbon dioxide instead of polymer...Over the course of about ten years of work, we developed a new kind of biocatalyst that does...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126380297/ai-weiwei-jacob-appelbaum-and-the-dissident-experience Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cf5514582f69a4b70cef5ff6eea99d4.jpg" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</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/124450844/does-your-administrative-staff-spend-too-much-time-correcting-errors Does Your Administrative Staff Spend Too Much Time Correcting Errors? Sponsor 2015-04-09T12:09:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:27:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69m7uwpesi3dh41d.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><br><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEd4915" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>Learn how this small architectural firm increased efficiency and improved cash flow</strong></p><p>William Duff Architects is passionate about serving clients through the creation of innovative, sustainable architecture delivered through exceptional project management. Founded in 1998, WDA has built a national, award-winning reputation for excellence in residential, retail, restaurant, and commercial Case Study projects. A firm of professional designers, they approach their work with intellectual curiosity, embrace collaboration, and are dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals.</p><p><strong>CHALLENGES</strong></p><p><strong>Assessing Project Status</strong><br>Project managers were unable to get an up-to-date view on project&rsquo;s status and cost. It became too much of a hassle to search for relevant project information using their old system. By the time they reviewed it, the information was already outdated, which caused project managers to ineffectively manage resource and staff availability. ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/124446819/amazon-s-new-dash-button-and-the-value-of-running-out-of-toilet-paper Amazon's new Dash button and the value of running out of toilet paper Nicholas Korody 2015-04-03T18:35:00-04:00 >2015-04-06T13:35:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b0/b0f99045efc3dc0e8b3e164b0a59fdfb.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dash fits squarely into the current age of smart-home technology... It is not simply a matter of practical efficiency but of a proactive, pre&euml;mptive way of living, in which inefficiency is the worst kind of waste. The way we manage our chores is a measure of our worthiness. No one wants to live in a stupid home... And only a chump would ever run out of toilet paper. But what if there is actual value in running out of things?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amazon released their new Dash devices yesterday and many people thought it was an April Fool's joke, partly "&nbsp;the idea seemed to poke fun at Amazon&rsquo;s omnipresence, making it visibly manifest with little plastic one-click shopping buttons adhered to surfaces all over your home." But the device, which would enable you to re-stock a certain product with the push of a little button, is real and coming. The video is below &ndash;&ndash; it's a bit unsettling.</p><p>In his New Yorker piece, Ian Crouch notes the imminent arrival of products that will be able to reorder supplies, ie. a washing machine that will sense when the detergent is low and order more. Crouch darkly imagines "a washing machine, haywire and alone in a basement somewhere,&nbsp;constantly reordering supplies for itself long after we&rsquo;ve all been wiped off the Earth." He suggests that being bothered to have to stop may actually be important, in part in making us feel bad about the way we consume and the amount we waste.</p><p>Crouch's article seems to ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123661102/supercomputing-project-simulates-architecture-s-influence-on-urban-microclimates Supercomputing project simulates architecture's influence on urban microclimates Alexander Walter 2015-03-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:35:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q9/q90pg2zu0qv1moqs.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A research team from the Mechanical Engineering department at University of Utah is using high-performance computing resources from XSEDE to instantaneously and accurately simulate how infrastructure elements, such as parks, buildings, and parking lots, as well as their specifications and variations, affect air characteristics and quality in urban settings.</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/123207486/are-driverless-pods-the-future-of-public-transportation Are driverless pods the future of public transportation? Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T17:34:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:23:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ry/ry7i5uq0k23b4j6b.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Driverless pods, gliding above city streets using a network of elevated guideways. This is SkyTran -- but is it the future? SkyTran wants to do away with train schedules and central stations to develop a grid system above the ground with multiple "off ramps" acting as stations where users can board pre-booked pods &ndash; a cab service for the skies. Call for SkyTran on your smart phone and a computer-controlled, magnetically levitating pod arrives. It will whisk you across the city...</p></em><br /><br /><p>SkyTran claims the pods, weighing just 300 lbs, would consume about a third of the electricity used by today's hybrid cars. And the infrastructure can be built for $10 million per mile, at least according to the CEO Jerry Sanders.</p><p>Later this year, the company plans to complete its first pilot project at the campus of Israel Aerospace Industries in Tel Aviv. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mui1wlrq2kzt1lxa.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skoenlexeemr862q.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37dipan4usg7edbw.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122526485/japanese-government-pushes-for-advanced-technology-in-tokyo-olympic-stadium-including-facial-recognition Japanese government pushes for advanced technology in Tokyo Olympic Stadium, including facial recognition Alexander Walter 2015-03-09T19:54:00-04:00 >2015-03-10T19:17:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vb/vb2hf3su4o6d9noc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants Japan to showcase its cutting-edge technology in the new national stadium being built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Abe made the remark on Monday at a meeting with a study panel on the stadium. [...] Prime Minister Abe [...] said he wants to hear people in other countries calling the new stadium great. Some people have raised concerns about high maintenance costs for the new facility.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While some of that Japanese cutting-edge technology (for example 3D projection) will be found in the entertainment department, other features, like <a href="http://www.biometricupdate.com/201501/tokyos-national-olympic-stadium-to-deploy-facial-recognition-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">facial recognition</a>, could enable ticketless entrance and serve security and&nbsp;counterterrorism efforts.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/470819/tokyo-olympic-stadium" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/122302552/uc-berkeley-team-unveils-bloom-3d-printed-cement-structure UC Berkeley team unveils "Bloom" 3D-printed cement structure Archinect 2015-03-06T20:49:00-05:00 >2015-03-15T16:30:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t25cmln8di0efp2o.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A UC Berkeley research team led by Ronald Rael, associate professor of architecture, will unveil today (Friday, March 6) the first and largest powder-based 3-D-printed cement structure built to date. The debut of this groundbreaking project is a demonstration of the architectural potential of 3-D printing. It will close the fifth annual Berkeley Circus, which celebrates the research and accomplishments of the College of Environmental Design (CED) community.</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/122281660/dubai-unveils-plans-for-its-flashy-museum-of-the-future Dubai unveils plans for its flashy Museum of the Future Alexander Walter 2015-03-06T14:20:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T14:29:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hw/hwzrqod4nj0b1gsb.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dubai continues to treat city planning like a simulation game with the cheats turned on, unveiling its latest architectural wonder: the&nbsp;Museum of the Future.&nbsp;The building is set to open in 2017, and while we're not quite sure how to describe its shape (a lopsided torus? An aerodynamic donut?) it serves an interesting dual purpose as both museum and research lab.</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/122202906/how-video-game-engines-may-influence-the-future-of-architecture-and-everything-else How video game engines may influence the future of architecture (and everything else) Alexander Walter 2015-03-05T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-03-11T18:19:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b8/b8c3c3a31a0e3f628e7275102b453f3f.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Epic Games, the company best known for Gears of War, has a very different plan for this generation of video games &mdash; one that expands far beyond what games are typically assumed to be. [...] In this future, or present if you ask Sweeney, lessons learned from one field, say an architect designing a virtual building, can be applied to games or film, and likewise. Sweeney believes the potential application of the engine across all fields increases exponentially as information is shared.</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/121746764/google-unveils-big-heatherwick-studios-collaboration-for-new-campus-master-plan Google Unveils BIG + Heatherwick Studios Collaboration for New Campus Master Plan Nicholas Korody 2015-02-27T16:26:00-05:00 >2015-03-06T18:41:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01woyj5y1mepnx3t.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Silicon Valley has been the cradle of a series of innovations that, over the last decades, have propelled technology and [the] world economy, but all of the resources, all of the intelligence, has been invested into the immaterial, the digital realm, the internet,&rdquo; asserts Bjarke Ingels of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;ved=0CB8QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.big.dk%2F&amp;ei=-MfwVI6uEsimgwSVx4DgAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF60fL4F7VbSYOVwLzjbYXvwUsN6w&amp;sig2=r5l7ynji_q4IHnSbtCP2Uw&amp;bvm=bv.87269000,d.eXY" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> at the beginning of a new video released today by Google (posted at the end of this article). David Radcliffe, the&nbsp;Vice President of Real Estate and Workplace Services at Google, continues: "Tech really hasn&rsquo;t adopted a particular language for buildings.&rdquo; Google hopes to change that, unveiling an ambitious new master plan for their Mountain View campus designed collaboratively by Bjarke Ingels Group and <a href="http://www.heatherwick.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Heatherwick Studio</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x6/x6cbjq72n63ieixb.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yv0kh4n3bgkk9b57.jpg"></p><p>Radcliffe explains that Google scoured the world for the architecture practices they found most innovative. "The BIG Studios &ndash; they&rsquo;re ambitious, they do a lot of very community-focused projects and that was very compelling to us,&rdquo; while Thomas Heatherwick "has this attentio...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121663958/the-future-of-3d-printing-will-be-neoclassical-villas The future of 3D printing will be...neoclassical villas? Alexander Walter 2015-02-26T14:03:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T22:08:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/35/3584bad1dbce4a457da9cc721f4fa118.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside, across the car park of this otherwise unremarkable industrial estate, is a grand, neoclassical mansion that recently became a global internet sensation . It is the world&rsquo;s first 3D-printed villa. [...] Not all architects are convinced that 3D printing is good for architecture as a discipline. [...] "It may come without economic cost at a small scale but in architecture, if we are not careful, this is at the expense of integrity.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98258696/rapid-construction-china-style-10-houses-in-24-hours" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rapid Construction, China Style: 10 Houses in 24 Hours</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time Delhi’s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time. Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:20:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d5/d57582v1paim3rpf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of the world&rsquo;s most polluted city&mdash;New Delhi, in case you were still wondering&mdash;can now find out exactly how toxic the air in their neighbourhood is. [...] &ldquo;People are clueless about the air they are breathing. If there is fog, they think it might be pollution,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People will have this information on their fingertips now.&rdquo; [...] While the government figures out a way to bring pollution under control, this app could help people buy time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/367298/air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120371103/scientists-create-new-and-cheap-aluminum-iron-alloy Scientists Create New (and Cheap!) Aluminum-Iron Alloy Nicholas Korody 2015-02-09T19:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T10:59:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffkw6x2gyz3wk3es.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By manipulating the structure of steel on a nanometre scale, [Hansoo Kim and his colleagues at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea] (have) produced a material which has the strength and the lightness of titanium alloys but will, when produced at scale, cost a tenth as much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new, potentially-revolutionary alloy utilizes nickel, in addition to aluminum and iron, to create a metal that is as strong as steel but much lighter and cheaper. The scientists created the alloy using nanotechnology to manipulate the structure of steel on a minute level.</p><p>Noting the decrease in steel-usage over the last decade, the scientists hope the new alloy could fill that market, potentially being used for cars as well as even aircrafts. Any ideas on how a lightweight, strong and cheap steel could be utilized architecturally?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/118906207/architects-get-ready-for-the-holographic-design-process-microsoft-just-unveiled-its-hololens-headset Architects, get ready for the holographic design process: Microsoft just unveiled its HoloLens headset. Alexander Walter 2015-01-21T19:31:00-05:00 >2015-01-24T13:11:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sh/shyv4ch6c1n8v0o1.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Microsoft on Wednesday announced Windows Holographic, a feature in Windows 10 that will let users create their own holograms and print them out on 3D printers. Every Windows 10 device has holographic APIs enabled, Microsoft's Alex Kipman said. Windows 10 holograms are Windows Universal Apps. Users need the Microsoft HoloLens headset, which Kipman described as "the first fully untethered computer."</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gt/gtgyyilyff7y2p7r.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2ucc549j1wwr5m8l.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k9/k9wlnh3enuxjm6vs.jpg"></p><p><em>Images via Microsoft's <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens/en-us?ocid=MSCOM_HoloLensGlobe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HoloLens micro site</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</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/116118701/wired-looks-at-ground-truth-google-s-initiative-to-improve-maps-accuracy Wired looks at "Ground Truth", Google's initiative to improve Maps accuracy Alexander Walter 2014-12-16T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:18:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c6/c620eeefa919237737e5156870d1e4dc.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On a recent visit to Mountain View, I got a peek at how the Google Maps team&nbsp;assembles their maps and refines them with a combination of algorithms and meticulous manual labor&mdash;an effort they call Ground Truth. The project launched in 2008, but it was mostly kept under wraps until just a couple years ago. It&nbsp;continues to grow, now covering 51 countries, and algorithms are playing a bigger role in extracting information from satellite, aerial, and Street View imagery.</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/115655555/the-anatomy-of-emergency The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961.jpg" width="514" height="503" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</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/114964411/rising-towers-escalate-need-for-faster-lifts Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts Alexander Walter 2014-12-01T14:48:00-05:00 >2014-12-03T22:07:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0f57c1101c5d7626f016fd8b6b9ee6a8.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Shanghai Tower opens as China&rsquo;s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour, or 59 feet (18 m) per second, a new milestone. [...] The question facing the industry today: how fast can elevators go without sacrificing comfort? [...] At 66 feet (20 m) per second, even the slightest vibration will create a shock for passengers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114194389/street-view-a-virtual-tour-across-russia-by-remote-camera Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a5/a5c1ca072f3cb9b844c54e8c5e9e2b1b.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] &ldquo;In Yandex.Maps there&rsquo;s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]&rdquo; say Maksyokov. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred &hellip; As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.&rdquo;</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/114119713/11-futuristic-ways-to-improve-our-cities-from-robotic-rats-to-talking-trash-cans 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T15:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T17:23:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6771e79d4f1ae48503319eedc35c63.jpg" width="514" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114041818/3d-soundscape-can-guide-blind-people-through-cities “3D Soundscape” Can Guide Blind People Through Cities Alexander Walter 2014-11-19T15:19:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:51:22-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/8567791cf6ea8c90ac21e9605a4815de.jpg" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter Cities Unlocked, a project intended to help people with sight loss navigate cities. The brainchild of a blind Microsoft employee, it uses GPS, a 3D audio headset, and Bluetooth beacons, among other technologies. [...] &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a blind person, I need to keep my ears open,&rdquo; she says. The headset uses bone-conducting technology, in which vibrations create a &ldquo;3D soundscape&rdquo; around the user.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113959916/how-better-glass-can-save-hundreds-of-millions-of-birds-a-year How Better Glass Can Save Hundreds of Millions of Birds a Year Alexander Walter 2014-11-18T13:58:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T17:47:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2abb40a46c3b3a49752e9378aabbde3.jpg" width="160" height="120" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In fact, as many as 600 million birds die in window collisions in the U.S. and Canada every year, scientists estimate. [...] A growing awareness of the threats to bird populations has prompted new laws and voluntary guidelines in cities from Toronto to San Francisco. Along with "green" building programs, these new rules are spurring demand for bird-friendly glass among architects, glass manufacturers, and their clients.</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/113055877/ten-top-images-on-archinect-s-installations-pinterest-board Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Installations" Pinterest Board Archinect 2014-11-06T21:13:00-05:00 >2014-11-13T19:32:58-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vuf1wz1b6hhzh30.jpg" width="514" height="685" 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/514x/m6/m6rg47egypcj8030.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/87445735/12-8-tower/105869820" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12/8 Tower</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="http://archinect.com/TimDurfee" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tim Durfee Studio</a> and Andrew Kragness, amp at Media Design Practices / <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/1893/art-center-college-of-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center College of Design</a>; Photo: QiYuan Li "Oscar"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qe/qe89skrlz6s6rvmm.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/people/project/18284198/pink-punch/88401257" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pink Punch</a> in&nbsp;Jardin de Metis, Canada by <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/18284198/michaela-macleod" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michaela MacLeod</a> with Nicholas Croft</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ut/utv70c0blgwfr6bk.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/16718209/wunderbugs-interactive-architecture-for-insects-and-humans/111186840" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wunderbugs - Interactive architecture for insects and humans</a> in Rome, Italy by <a href="http://archinect.com/ofl-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OFL Architecture</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ft/ftun91338aena2yu.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/33935687/domestic-hats/111432135" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Domestic Hats</a> in Atlanta, GA by <a href="http://archinect.com/studiobonner" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Bonner</a>; Photography: Patrick Heagney &amp; Caitlin Peterson</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3trataj50qlso79x.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation/project/amazing-corrugation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aMazing Corrugation</a> in Los Angeles, CA by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/formationassociation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Formation Association</a> in collaboration with Los Angeles artists, Edgar Arceneaux and Nery Gabriel Lemus; Photography: Hammer Museum</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rk/rk3kmqc6kjponyj5.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/project/59896870/shell-pavilion/101711126" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shell Pavilion</a> by <a href="http://archinect.com/theprincipals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112801104/robot-ray-parks-your-car-at-the-airport Robot Ray Parks Your Car At The Airport Alexander Walter 2014-11-03T13:08:00-05:00 >2014-11-05T17:43:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ac/ac16cb97fc281ba668b0d61dbcaa92f3.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you in a hurry to catch your flight and still need to find a parking place? Meet Ray, a shiny robot that parks your car at D&uuml;sseldorf Airport in Germany. Ray makes sure you don&rsquo;t have to park miles away from the terminal, eliminating the hassle of finding a parking place. Just drop off your car within a few meters from the check-in area [...]. When you come back from a holiday or business trip, the robot will make sure your car is ready to go when you walk out of the airport.</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/112581318/touchscreen-landscapes Touchscreen Landscapes Alexander Walter 2014-10-31T17:24:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T18:03:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f4/f42b55f37f05521961ad76ed92619ab0.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This new, partly digital sand table interface developed for military planning would seem to have some pretty awesome uses in an architecture or landscape design studio. Using 3D terrain data&mdash;in the military's case, gathered in real-time from its planetary network of satellites&mdash;and a repurposed Kinect sensor, the system can adapt to hand-sculpted transformations in the sand by projecting new landforms and elevations down onto those newly molded forms.</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>