Archinect - News 2014-04-16T06:33:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/80671166/grand-bazaar-in-istanbul-in-danger-of-collapse Grand Bazaar in Istanbul in Danger of Collapse? Archinect 2013-08-30T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-08-30T13:37:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d8c0fba3288bab08bce9380fcab68bc.jpg" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's one of largest and most popular covered markets in the world -- but now management claims vendors have weakened the structure of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar to the point it may collapse. Merchants view the situation differently.</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/79695230/how-to-make-big-things-out-of-small-pieces How to make big things out of small pieces Ian Smith 2013-08-18T12:42:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T12:24:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sg/sgno6n073agzklsz.jpg" width="514" height="563" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MIT researchers have developed a lightweight structure whose tiny blocks can be snapped together much like the bricks of a child&rsquo;s construction toy. The new material, the researchers say, could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as dikes and levees.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Finding 3D printed materials unsuitable for structural applications, this group of researchers has been investigating new ways of building "big things out of small pieces". The configurations proposed are claimed to be much less susceptible to sudden failure, providing redundancy and predictable, incremental yields for easier repairs. The researchers have also been examining different configurations that would allow new geometries including joints that aren't fixed, opening a host of new possibilities in engineering reactive or robotic structures.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66697365/the-science-channel-peels-a-city-apart-to-show-how-structures-survive-disasters The Science Channel Peels a City Apart to Show How Structures Survive Disasters Archinect 2013-02-01T11:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T20:11:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9680b0f6dd387190fe82072387c4cbf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Science Channel&rsquo;s upcoming series, Strip the City, uses oversized CGI effects to take a very deep look into the engineering behind some of the most iconic municipalities and the potentially disastrous natural elements they must overcome. Working with architects, engineers and historians, the producers have unearthed the specific elements that help San Francisco&rsquo;s bridge survive tremors and Dubai&rsquo;s towering skyscrapers stand firm in soft, unstable desert sands.</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/55603807/structureless-structure Structureless structure? Orhan Ayyüce 2012-08-20T11:05:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T15:27:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69ylsjp9e3ukts2e.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The general Idea from my interpretation was to produce a lightweight structure that uses minimal material yet uses technology to account for the lack of girth and material. - Rogelio Mercado</p></em><br /><br /><p> The buildings are always designed with redundant structural assemblies to resist forces that might happen maybe .001 time of their existence and sometimes never. So what happens when all that structural apparatus and weight has taken out from an experimental "structure" is explained to a group of traveling students by Prof. Haag from HOCHSCHULE BIBERACH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES in Stuttgart, Germany. This fascinating video shot by Cal Poly student Rogelio Mercado shows how the actuators placed in four corners re-distribute the weight continuously and keep the large plywood sheet dome from collapsing.</p>