Archinect - News 2017-05-26T05:33:54-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/150008899/pittsburgh-disappointed-with-uber-s-self-driving-car-experiment Pittsburgh disappointed with Uber's self-driving car experiment Alexander Walter 2017-05-23T11:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T11:58:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s1/s1k4sce3p2ed4fcj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Uber picked this former Rust Belt town as the inaugural city for its driverless car experiment, Pittsburgh played the consummate host. [...] Nine months later, Pittsburgh residents and officials say Uber has not lived up to its end of the bargain. [...] The deteriorating relationship between Pittsburgh and Uber offers a cautionary tale, especially as other cities consider rolling out driverless car trials from Uber, Alphabet&rsquo;s Waymo and others.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Starting later this month," <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/uber-s-first-self-driving-fleet-arrives-in-pittsburgh-this-month-is06r7on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote <em>Bloomberg</em></a> less than one year ago, "Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved." Since then, Pittsburgh appears to have fallen out of love with the ride-sharing giant's promises for the city.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007004/mit-is-developing-3d-printing-technology-capable-of-making-a-basic-building-structure MIT is developing 3D-printing technology capable of making a basic building structure Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T10:31:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s6/s6yoag3grzuikrk0.jpg" width="639" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the researchers, structures built with this tech will be faster to make and cheaper than traditional construction. They'll be customizable and enable forms otherwise difficult to manufacture. "Even the internal structure could be modified in new ways," they write, "different materials could be incorporated as the process goes along, and material density could be varied to provide optimum combinations of strength, insulation, or other properties."</p><p>The process involves using a large, industrial robotic arm with a smaller, precision-motion robotic arm attached on a movable track. The highly controllable arm can work as a traditional construction nozzle, pouring concrete or spraying insulation,&nbsp;<em>or&nbsp;</em>be used for digital fabrication with something like a milling head.</p><p>The system is different than other large 3-D printers in that it's free-moving and doesn't require an enclosed, fixed structure. To test it out, researchers built a 12 ft. high dome out of foam insulation in less th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150007002/this-kickstarter-wants-to-turn-your-window-blinds-into-solar-power-generators This Kickstarter wants to turn your window blinds into solar power generators Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T12:33:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kh/khi8idksfn4qlaxz.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Let&rsquo;s say you want to switch to solar&mdash;for ecological or economic reasons&mdash;but are a renter. Installing solar panels on your roof isn&rsquo;t really an option unless you get permission from your landlord. Enter Solar Gaps, or photovoltaic solar blinds that can be installed easily, and temporarily, on any window. According to their <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1170840477/solargaps-smart-solar-blinds?token=cb9cdc97" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, Solar Gaps can reduce your electricity bill by up to 70%</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/xo/xoecbdfflbozqm86.gif"></p><p>The smart blinds track the sun throughout the day and adjust their position accordingly. They can generate up to 100W-150W of renewable energy per 10 sq. ft. (&asymp; 1 m2) of a window, which can power three MacBooks. They also are still regular blinds, and so can reduce energy by shading the interior to lower AC costs. Moreover, the Solar Gaps integrate with existing smart home tech, like Google Home, and can be controlled with your smart phone.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a pretty nifty idea, and their implementation is pretty easy to imagine. As of now, they have the look of photovoltaics, so they don&rsquo;t necessarily blend i...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150006829/big-designs-a-new-smart-lock BIG designs a new "smart lock" Nicholas Korody 2017-05-10T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T12:55:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z8/z8vt8h7tl5enhdii.jpg" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>While Rem Koolhaas <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">called</a> smart homes &ldquo;potentially sinister&rdquo;, his former protege Bjarke Ingels seems to have no problem with them. BIG has partnered up with Friday Labs, a smart home product company, to design a smart lock.</p><p>The door lock is connected to your smart phone so you can give access to your house remotely&mdash;say if a friend is visiting from out of town or if you&rsquo;re worried your kids will forget to lock the door on their way out. It&rsquo;s about the size of a coffee cup, the company notes, and its ergonomic, BIG-design is sure to be one of its major selling points. The shell is available in several interchangeable colors.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s hoping hackers can&rsquo;t get access. Or, as Koolhaas warns, that these sleek smart locks don&rsquo;t &ldquo;betray you&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8m6nh51iild79ter.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150004948/mit-and-steelcase-reveal-a-new-process-of-3d-printing MIT and Steelcase reveal a new process of 3D printing Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-27T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T12:21:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0s/0s3y9vs2xltyjj3m.jpg" width="650" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From hearts to pizza, many industries have been eager to investigate the potential usages of 3D printing since the technology first became an obsession. In the realm of architecture, companies have experimented with everything from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed homes</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridges</a>. However, the limitations &ndash; mainly that the process is too slow, difficult for large-scale adaptation, and the materials are of low quality &ndash; have kept the technology from being used on a commercial level.</p><p>Here to change that is MIT and furniture-giant, Steelcase, whom have teamed up to work on a new process of 3D printing that solves many of these issues. The innovation is Rapid Liquid Printing, in which a giant tub of goo is injected with a material (hard plastics or flexible rubbers) in continuous streams to form the shape of the desired object. Printing inside a gel allows the designer to draw in 3D space without the limitations of gravity. Additionally, the two-part mixing process chemically cures the material allowing the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003549/the-icd-itke-pavilion-makes-use-of-lightweight-super-strong-glass-and-carbon-fiber-materials The ICD/ITKE Pavilion makes use of lightweight, super strong glass and carbon-fiber materials Nicholas Korody 2017-04-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T14:07:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x4/x4wj0uqmmrnij9im.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Glass and carbon fiber-reinforced composites have uniquely high tensile strength while remaining lightweight. As a result, they open up a wealth of new building opportunities. The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion is meant to demonstrate and explore these potentials using long-range machines with limited payloads, like unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as precise industrial robots. Basically, the drones and robots work together (with some human guidance) to "weave" the formally-ambitious pavilion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jo/jo7w06nhakzb3ot1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5ttacx6mh9q1vwjq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dc3b02leesa8pkns.jpg"></p><p>The Pavilion is a project of the University of Stuttgart. In the past, other pavilions have explored computational design as well as emerging engineer technologies.</p><p>Check out a video of the pavilion here:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/150003350/autodraw-google-s-newest-a-i-experiment-guesses-what-you-re-trying-to-draw AutoDraw, Google's newest A.I. Experiment, guesses what you're trying to draw Alexander Walter 2017-04-17T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T18:44:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/y0/y062pmgtx1w7th3p.gif" width="800" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>You simply start drawing your best version of a pizza, or house, or&nbsp;dog, or birthday cake and the algorithms try to figure out what it is that you&rsquo;re trying to draw. It then tries to match your squiggles with drawings in its database, and if it finds any possible matches, it&rsquo;ll show them in a list at the top of your virtual canvas. If you like one of those options, you simply click on it and AutoDraw replaces your amateurish creation with something a bit slicker.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new <a href="https://www.autodraw.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AutoDraw</a> tool is part of Google's <a href="https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A.I. Experiments</a>&nbsp;sandbox and pairs machine learning with artist drawings from a growing, crowd-sourced library. "AutoDraw&rsquo;s suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you&rsquo;re trying to draw," states the tool's About page. "Right now, it can guess hundreds of drawings and we look forward to adding more over time."</p><p>While simplicity and intuitive accessibility are the striking features of this early version, AutoDraw&mdash;and a universe of variations&mdash;show a lot of potential for architectural sketching and prototyping.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-02-24T14:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T19:56:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg" width="650" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine&rsquo;s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel&rsquo;s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.</p><p>Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows&mdash;so the company claims&mdash;the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xiishtv1bckqwces.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2m/2m8meg82y815270x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyyb8jo3p27ha47m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;Sistine Solar's <a href="http://www.sistinesolar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149991311/designing-together-in-the-cloud-how-architects-and-engineers-use-cloud-collaboration-to-increase-productivity Designing Together in the Cloud: How architects and engineers use cloud collaboration to increase productivity Sponsor 2017-02-13T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T20:17:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2r/2rhv89oojgyhryoe.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIM 360 Team</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Your latest building design project is moving forward quickly. But you discovered a small hitch yesterday: the MEP engineers referred to an old version of the structural model while modifying the duct work. Luckily, the team spotted and resolved the issue before it created serious problems or caused more than a couple hours of rework. Not a big deal, but it could have led to the kind of design error that 21% of architects consider to be a top cause of uncertainty and potential issues on projects. Working in the cloud delivers the power to prevent those kinds of errors.</p><p>According to the Construction Industry Council, cloud computing is on track to become the leading way firms store and share design models. That&rsquo;s because when design teams work in the cloud, they get anytime, anywhere access to the latest design information. They can also quickly review any up-to-date changes without even opening the latest version of the model in their Build...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988758/how-is-bim-the-google-docs-for-building-shaking-up-architecture How is BIM, the "Google Docs for building", shaking up architecture? Nicholas Korody 2017-01-26T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T22:22:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/et/ethcqmaft79rdhtb.jpg" width="650" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architecture is in the middle of its biggest transformation since the introduction of computers. Building information modelling (BIM) is a simple enough idea: a single digital model of a building that everyone - architect, client, suppliers, builders, environmental managers - can work on. A Google Docs for buildings. But its implications could change the built environment.</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/149988150/a-robot-revolution-is-coming-to-the-developing-world A robot revolution is coming to the developing world Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T17:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-24T09:02:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/be9h8o4wdippugsg.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>There&rsquo;s a lot of talk these days about jobs&mdash;bringing them &ldquo;back&rdquo; and creating new ones. But, as Bloomberg <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-01-09/the-robot-threat-donald-trump-isn-t-talking-abou" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, high labor costs incentivize corporations to automate. What&rsquo;s more? Apparently robots are about to do what they did to US manufacturing in the developing world. According to the UN, two-thirds of jobs in developing countries may be on the cutting block.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It took 50 years for the world to install the first million industrial robots. The next million will take only eight, according to Macquarie,&rdquo; writes Chris Bryant and Elaine He. &ldquo;Importantly, much of the recent growth happened outside the U.S., in particular in China, which has an aging population and where wages have risen."</p><p>Factories aren't the only job sites that could soon be populated with more robots than people. Construction is obviously a field ripe for robotic disruption&mdash;but, so is design itself. Then again, if you use CAD software, you probably already knew that.</p>... http://archinect.com/news/article/149988057/for-some-uber-drivers-their-cars-double-as-beds For some Uber drivers, their cars double as beds Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T14:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T14:18:21-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/77/775uu4zevthtnl01.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The vast majority of Uber&rsquo;s full-time drivers return home to their beds at the end of a day&rsquo;s work. But all over the country, there are many who don&rsquo;t. These drivers live near, but not in, expensive cities where they can tap higher fares, ferrying wealthier, white-collar workers to their jobs and out to dinner&mdash;but where they can&rsquo;t make enough money to get by, even with longer hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>To maximize their time, drivers find supermarket parking lots, airports and hostels where they catch several hours of sleep after taking riders home from bars and before starting the morning commute.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, on why computers are superior to human designers Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-31T21:31:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg" width="650" height="614" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Essentially people, all of us when we go to design something we often go out and do it and will make one or we&rsquo;ll have three designs and&hellip;then we run out of time or money or patience and we say good enough. The computer doesn&rsquo;t get bored in that same way. It doesn&rsquo;t run out of time so you can literally test millions of versions and get a much better answer.&nbsp; So really what we are doing is automating the building of these prototypes.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149984365/7-eleven-becomes-first-retailer-to-employ-drone-delivery 7-Eleven becomes first retailer to employ drone delivery Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T16:50:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:22:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.jpg" width="650" height="582" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>7-Eleven, the world&rsquo;s largest convenience store chain, shared new numbers from its drone delivery experiment today. Seventy-seven customers in Reno, Nev., have now received items ordered from 7-Eleven delivered to their doorsteps via drone. All 77 flights were from one store to a dozen select customers who live within a mile of the shop. 7-Eleven has partnered with the drone maker Flirtey for its delivery pilot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It marks the first regular commercial drone delivery service to operate in the United States, flying ahead of other, potentially bigger drone delivery projects that haven&rsquo;t yet been able to take off in the U.S. &mdash; like Alphabet&rsquo;s Project Wing and Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Air, the latter of which only demonstrated its first delivery to a customer last week.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a flight through Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974063/uber-takes-to-the-skies-with-a-new-advertising-strategy-in-mexico-df" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982542/architecture-education-in-the-even-more-automated-near-future Architecture education in the (even more) automated (near) future Nicholas Korody 2016-12-13T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58496d558f88018bcf4f73ca5e2ae221.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a robot-&#8203;&#8203;proof edu&shy;ca&shy;tion, we have to focus on what humans do that robots cannot do: think cre&shy;atively, work with others, think about ethics. For instance, sup&shy;pose a sce&shy;nario where a self-&#8203;&#8203;driving car can either hit three people and hurt the pas&shy;sen&shy;gers, or save the pas&shy;sen&shy;gers but hit 10 people. What is it going to do? Who&rsquo;s going to pro&shy;gram that? Who&rsquo;s going to decide?&nbsp;You.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a Q&amp;A between Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun and George Thrush, founding director of the School of Architecture, the two educators touched on the implications of automation for architectural education, among other things. "Cre&shy;ative thinking and inno&shy;va&shy;tion, entre&shy;pre&shy;neur&shy;ship, crit&shy;ical thinking, thinking in a diver&shy;gent way, ethics&mdash;that&rsquo;s the purview of the human being," Aoun states.</p><p>More on automation:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj6qdCd2PHQAhVhslQKHWAuAjQQFggyMAQ&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Ffeatures%2Farticle%2F149935222%2Farchitecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work&amp;usg=AFQjCNGtFL3-eVTWSXs4hrQPu2r0csx9tw&amp;sig2=ajgueO7f6qv8_bInaKelOQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981970/plp-architecture-conceives-of-automated-underground-cartube-for-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture conceives of automated, underground "CarTube" for London</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981633/amazon-s-newest-venture-promises-to-shake-up-retail-design-and-eliminate-the-need-for-cashiers-altogether" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's newest venture promises to shake up retail design&mdash;and eliminate the need for cashiers altogether</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149982124/whatever-happened-to-china-s-futuristic-traffic-elevated-bus Whatever happened to China's futuristic Traffic Elevated Bus? Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T17:44:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg" width="640" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's once-celebrated Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been left abandoned in the middle of a Hebei city road, not having moved once in over two months. Originally touted as the futuristic solution to urban traffic jams, the "straddling bus" is currently causing them. A local reporter recently checked up on "the future of public transportation" at its testing site in Qinhuangdao, only to find it forgotten in a rusted garage, covered in dust.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yz/yz6vllssbwzv23nu.jpg"></p><p><em>"To test its invention, the company actually leased part of a city road in Qinhuangdao. Since the bus now remains exactly where it was abandoned , it continues to block three lanes of traffic, annoying residents to no end."</em></p><p>The 'road-straddling bus' previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149980004/check-out-this-stunning-108-feet-long-video-wall-by-obscura-digital Check out this stunning 108 feet long video wall by Obscura Digital Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-04-05T17:00:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zt/zt9zpirpvo3buuhj.jpg" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The San Francisco-based company Salesforce enlisted the creative studio Obscura Digital to craft a stunning LED video wall for the lobby of their flagship office. Stretching 108 feet long and containing over 7 million pixels, the video wall features incredibly sharp, HD video content that transforms the space. It&rsquo;s the longest continuous 4mm LED screen in the United States.</p><p>&ldquo;From capturing California&rsquo;s Redwood National Forest in stunning 12K resolution, to a designing a convincing CG waterwall and more &ndash; we held nothing back in striving to impart a sense of wonder to everyone that enters the building," state Obscura Digita.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/gusquzpcwzl0ttbw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uv01voq041jqt45j.jpg"></p><p>Watch a video of the wall in action here:</p><p></p><p>More infusions of the digital into architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975649/michael-rotondi-s-gamerlab-wants-to-revolutionize-architecture-education-through-gaming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi's GamerLab&trade; Wants to Revolutionize Architecture Education Through Gaming</a></li><li><a href="http://Architects:%20If%20You%20Don't%20Start%20Disrupting%20Urbanism,%20Silicon%20Valley%20Will%20Do%20It%20for%20You." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects: If You Don't Start Disrupting Urbanism, Silicon Valley Will Do It for You.</a></li><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/114130154/art-architecture-refik-anadol-at-walt-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149977564/is-your-architectural-firm-a-practice-or-business Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business? Sponsor 2016-11-14T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T18:34:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ih/ihj3dxa52pzp2xp4.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectSponsoredEd-Nov16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ue/ue98beec2403e52h.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectSponsoredEd-Nov16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In my experience, most firm owners don&rsquo;t appreciate the significance of being at the helm of a business. At the risk of sounding clich&eacute;, they run a &ldquo;practice&rdquo; and they operate it as if they&rsquo;re just&hellip; well&hellip; practicing. This problem is evident in each firm&rsquo;s mission statement. Of the many I&rsquo;ve read, only a handful acknowledge the firm&rsquo;s ultimate goal is to sustain itself and be a profitable, successful business. <strong>This is a primary reason why architects are notoriously under-compensated.</strong></p><p>Mostly, firms use the mission statement as an opportunity to echo what every architecture school pounded into our brains: something touching upon the noble pursuit of our profession, improving the built environment, serving our clients and helping the planet. Neither our employees nor our clients can differentiate one firm from another. Imagine showing up at a conference and everyone is handed a name tag that reads &ldquo;Joe.&rdquo; Not much sense in that. Why bother w...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149975714/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-future-of-transportation-we-had-to-do-something-different U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the future of transportation: "We had to do something different." Alexander Walter 2016-10-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T13:49:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/an/anfan9iy30hpc3ah.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The&nbsp;DOT chief, previously&nbsp;mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reflected on the promise of autonomous and connected cars, the recent Smart City Challenge, the massive increase in traffic deaths, the potential of the shared vehicles unfolding right outside the window, and more. What follows&nbsp;is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for grammar and brevity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149973036/digital-demands-in-architecture-kennesaw-state-remedies-digital-expansion-for-students Digital Demands in Architecture: Kennesaw State remedies digital expansion for students Sponsor 2016-10-17T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-12T17:58:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/s6/s60a2dsnhafuxoc8.jpg" width="650" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://cacm.kennesaw.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/cd/cddbxhas365oxhhs.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://cacm.kennesaw.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kennesaw State University</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Architecture&rsquo;s relationship to technology is as old as the primitive hut. Material and construction technologies have shaped design and detailing throughout history. But with the dawn of the information age came a new category of technologies that have shaped architecture in fresh new ways. Initially, these digital programs were treated as an extension of Representation theory. For architects, the debut of AutoCAD and form<strong>&middot;</strong>Z would prove transformative similarly to the way the plan and section impacted architectural theory and practice during the Renaissance. Prospects of virtual reality in the 1990s had architectural theorists musing on the possible obsolescence of brick and mortar buildings.</p><p>By the late 1990s, computer-aided design products like AutoCAD had become a standard tool in architectural offices. In response, the academy speculated on the elimination of the traditional art studio concept with its drafting tables, opt...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971107/quickly-recover-from-missing-billable-hours-and-miscalculated-project-costs Quickly Recover from Missing Billable Hours and Miscalculated Project Costs Sponsor 2016-10-10T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-10-11T22:08:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ka/kagp8d33y4253h9w.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialOct16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ue/ue98beec2403e52h.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectEditorialOct16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong><em>Learn how this Brisbane-based architectural firm is enjoying faster cash flow now.</em></strong></p><p><strong>About</strong></p><p>Based in West End, Brisbane, Tim Bennetton Architects is a small, private architectural firm with a single director and three employees. They work in an intimate, responsive environment that collectively values good design, simplicity and positive relationships. This Australian firm goes above and beyond for their clients to ensure that the joy remains through the ups and downs of their projects &ndash; from the initial meeting through to completion. Tim Bennetton and his team offer unparalleled service that provides excellent design, as well as an experience in transforming that vision into reality.</p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p>Prior to finding the right software for their firm, Tim Bennetton Architects encountered many time tracking issues that made it difficult to estimate project costs and profits. &ldquo;We used something called Timesheet Professional, which tracked our times ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149971430/strelka-institute-announces-enrollment-campaign-for-postgraduate-education-programme Strelka Institute announces enrollment campaign for postgraduate education programme Sponsor 2016-10-04T14:40:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T00:20:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z4/z4scngitr3iwntmg.jpg" width="650" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="https://applytostrelka.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1004&amp;utm_campaign=thenewnormal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/tk/tkyr1h4b9tp7gxbr.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://applytostrelka.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1004&amp;utm_campaign=thenewnormal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strelka Institute</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>During the new academic year Strelka students will answer the question: &lsquo;What has become &ldquo;The New Normal&rdquo; in the modern world?&rsquo;</em></p><p><a href="http://strelka.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Strelka Institute</a> for architecture, media and design launched <a href="https://applytostrelka.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=1004&amp;utm_campaign=thenewnormal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the enrollment campaign</a> for the postgraduate education program. The theme of the 7th academic year at Strelka is The New Normal.</p><p>Research will focus on the new contemporary condition, which has emerged because of the rapid development of technology &mdash; including machine intelligence, biotechnology, automation, alternative spaces created in VR and AR &mdash; and define new paths for urban design and development.</p><p><strong>The New Normal is:</strong></p><ul><li>30 international students from Russia and abroad</li><li>monthly stipend of $600</li><li>5 months from February 2017 to July 2017</li><li>for experts in media, architecture, design, urbanism, creative industries (artists, scenarists, writers, filmakers), and other fields like software studies, digital media, social sciences</li><li>in English</li></ul><p>Students will learn the met...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149968613/in-3d-ustry-the-show IN(3D)USTRY - The Show Sponsor 2016-09-29T03:00:00-04:00 >2016-09-29T12:09:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/07/072glukt1h89roqj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.in3dustry.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/o0/o0ajywdxb6kz0cfl.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.in3dustry.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>The first edition of <a href="http://www.in3dustry.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions</a>, which took place from June 21st to June 23rd 2016 at Fira de Barcelona, successfully introduced an entirely new concept for exploring the possibilities offered by additive manufacturing and 3D printing across four key industrial sectors.</p><p>The event showcased both the present of additive manufacturing, as well as its promising future, by focusing on the challenges 3D printing presents, and offering innovative, pioneering, and state-of-the-art solutions to manufacturers&rsquo; specific needs.</p><p>Over the three-day event, prominent international speakers took to the stage to describe their experiences with additive manufacturing in the four most important vertical sectors: Aerospace &amp; Automotive, Healthcare, Architecture &amp; Habitat, and Consumer &amp; Retail Goods.</p><p>This unique approach stimulated participants to explore the many different solutions already offered by additive man...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149965464/airbus-promises-autonomous-flying-taxis-in-the-very-near-future Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future Alexander Walter 2016-08-26T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:08:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...] Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's <a href="http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/news-media/corporate-magazine/Forum-88/My-Kind-Of-Flyover.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Urban Mobility</a> vision:</p><p><em>"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity&rsquo;s gridlocked traffic, you hop into an electrically operated aerial vehicle from zenHOP, which brings you to your destination &ndash; landing on your chosen zenHUB &ndash; in just nine minutes. Too expensive? No, zenMOVE has found three other travellers who also want to get to the city centre. As a result, the flight costs no more than a taxi ride. On top of that, no need to worry about your luggage &ndash; zenLUGGAGE takes care of that &ndash; or your security, as zenCYBER protects your flight against hacker attacks."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jf/jflppgr7pt44qdsx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Illustration of Airbus' Skyways drone parcel delivery service, which will enter test mode on the campus of the National University of Singapore in mid-2017.</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 anothe...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964653/virtual-reality-an-architect-s-1-marketing-and-business-development-tool Virtual Reality: An Architect’s #1 Marketing and Business Development Tool Sponsor 2016-08-25T15:05:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:11:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jz/jz2o6nh89jek9m1q.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ll/lli3ol7lk0ircrfx.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%202&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%202" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>There&rsquo;s no denying it: Virtual Reality (VR) creates a buzz. It&rsquo;s exciting and attention-grabbing. It attracts and then holds. And keeps holding. Wherever you go, a pair of goggles instantly draws a crowd.</p><p>For businesses in the Architecture and Interior Design industries, VR technology becomes a fantastic&nbsp;<strong>marketing and </strong>business development opportunity.&nbsp;Telling &ndash; or showing &ndash; prospects that you&rsquo;re using VR is great for <strong>sparking conversations</strong> and leaving <strong>lasting first impressions.</strong></p><p>For those interested in or actively experimenting with it VR, here&rsquo;s a few <strong>tips for using this technology as a business development and marketing tool in your business.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xp/xprvqtje3m834iix.jpg"></p><p><strong>1. Give a great first impression</strong></p><p>Show, don&rsquo;t tell. The best way to explain what VR can do is to simply <strong>hand your client or prospect a pair of goggles. </strong>Pre-load it with a <a href="http://www.yulio.com/gallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sample space</a>, past projects or perhaps even a 360&deg; &lsquo;before&rsquo; photo, and let them imagine the possibilities for themselves.</p><p>Make sure you <strong>know y...</strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month Alexander Walter 2016-08-19T14:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:21:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vo/vozeac2fjbn5eij4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved. Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot [...] But none of these companies has yet brought a self-driving car-sharing service to market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories recently in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961180/new-study-finds-ride-sharing-apps-like-lyft-and-uber-have-no-effect-on-drunk-driving-fatalities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961312/what-problems-are-really-being-solved-by-today-s-tech-innovations What problems are really being solved by today's tech innovations? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-03T12:43:00-04:00 >2016-08-09T01:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oi/oik6flj4h84kylsb.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We are overloaded daily with new discoveries, patents and inventions all promising a better life, but that better life has not been forthcoming for most. In fact, the bulk of the above list targets a very specific (and tiny!) slice of the population. As one colleague in tech explained it to me recently, for most people working on such projects, the goal is basically to provide for themselves everything that their mothers no longer do.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Last year Allison Arieff served as a juror on our competition, <a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a>. Revisit some of the winners of the competition:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are...</a></li></ul><p>And check out an interview with Arieff here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134738137/meet-the-jury-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-allison-arieff-of-spur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Meet the jury of Archinect's "Dry Futures" competition: Allison Arieff of SPUR</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959721/moscow-s-own-version-of-pok-mon-go-will-let-you-catch-famous-figures-from-russian-history Moscow's own version of Pokémon Go will let you "catch" famous figures from Russian history Alexander Walter 2016-07-25T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ul5j1o8a3f0aa0je.jpg" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow City Hall has announced the launch of its own version of online game &ldquo;Pokemon Go.&rdquo; Russians will be asked to find and "catch" historical figures in the streets of the capital via an app called &ldquo;Know Moscow.Photo.&rdquo; [...] people will be able to catch and take a selfie with [...] Yury Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Pyotr Chaikovsky, [founder of the first Russian university] Mikhail Lomonosov, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and the tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957911/no-pok-mon-go-is-not-an-urban-fantasy-for-the-new-flaneur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944736/moscow-s-metro-expansion-moves-ahead-of-schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935791/moscow-s-iconic-shukhov-tower-added-to-world-monuments-fund-watch-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956294/yulio-offers-architects-a-diy-virtual-reality-platform Yulio offers architects a DIY Virtual Reality platform Sponsor 2016-07-07T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-13T10:49:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xy/xyv1xfvhoo5nhrfm.jpg" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/48/48mtx6nymobdtk3m.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="https://www.yulio.com/?utm_source=Archinect%20Editorial%201&amp;utm_medium=Editorial&amp;utm_campaign=Archinect%20Editorial%201" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yulio</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><strong>AN INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL REALITY </strong></p><p>Though Virtual Reality (VR) is yet to truly break into the mainstream consumer market, it&rsquo;s an industry <strong>growing at breakneck speed.</strong></p><p>With Deloitte Global predicting a <a href="http://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/tmt-pred16-media-virtual-reality-billion-dollar-niche.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">$1bn year</a> for the VR industry this year, and Digi Capital estimating it to <a href="http://www.digi-capital.com/news/2015/04/augmentedvirtual-reality-to-hit-150-billion-disrupting-mobile-by-2020/#.V3q8qbgrKUk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">hit $30bn by 2020</a>, it won&rsquo;t be long before <strong>VR is in the hands of millions of consumers worldwide.</strong></p><p>Yet though initial traction for the industry has been centered around the gaming and entertainment communities, <strong>VR is making serious headway as a tool for health, education, and business.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>VIRTUAL REALITY FOR ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN </strong></p><p>For an architect or designer, viewing an image of a 3D space is enough to fully visualize the space around them. Yet this is not the case for the clients, who typically lack this ability. Yulio aims to bridge this communication gap through VR technology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vd/vdiwim15x61q9cg7.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;Virtual Reality technology transforms crucial aspects of the client-engagement experience b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:27:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls &ldquo;new superpowers to extend access and mobility&rdquo;, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google&rsquo;s own technologies, experts fear."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul>