Archinect - News 2016-08-27T16:55:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149956770/couple-sues-architect-for-allegedly-copying-their-dream-house Couple sues architect for allegedly copying their dream house Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-08T13:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-08T15:36:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/de/dec70e45e51e8097c1e955dbcecfd62c.jpg" width="514" height="212" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The couple claims the firm Pereiras Architects Ubiquitous and property owners Daniella and Ari Schwartz accessed their exclusive plans in property records last August through the Lawrence buildings department &mdash; without their permission. &ldquo;There is no doubt that you have accessed and intentionally copied the plans of the Fortgang residence intending to create a replica of our clients&rsquo; home and distinctive exterior,&rdquo; the Fortgang&rsquo;s lawyer Steven Stern wrote in a cease-and-desist letter</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rivka and Seth Fortgang from Long Island had their custom 4,400 square foot house built in 2004, in the neighborhood of Five Towns. After learning Pereiras Architects Ubiquitous were building a very similar looking house a mile away, the Forgangs sued.&nbsp;Rivka Fortgang, an interior and exterior home designer, claims that the copycat house has damaged her reputation personally and professionally.</p><p>More contentious lawsuits in architecture:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><a title="Stahl House documentary plagued by extortion, suicide, and lawsuits" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946285/stahl-house-documentary-plagued-by-extortion-suicide-and-lawsuits" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stahl House documentary plagued by extortion, suicide, and lawsuits</a></li><li><a title='"Bleeding Rainbow" artist sues Detroit building owner to protect her landmark mural under copyright law' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145038916/bleeding-rainbow-artist-sues-detroit-building-owner-to-protect-her-landmark-mural-under-copyright-law" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Bleeding Rainbow" artist sues Detroit building owner to protect her landmark mural under copyright law</a></li><li><a title="13 lawsuits emerge after deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141221917/13-lawsuits-emerge-after-deadly-balcony-collapse-in-berkeley" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 lawsuits emerge after deadly balcony collapse in Berkeley</a></li><li><a title="New York man tries to weasel out of architectural malpractice suit with &quot;I'm not an architect&quot; defense" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136880453/new-york-man-tries-to-weasel-out-of-architectural-malpractice-suit-with-i-m-not-an-architect-defense" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York man tries to weasel out of architectural malpractice suit with "I'm not an architect" defense</a></li><li><a title="College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128095662/college-wins-5-5mm-lawsuit-against-firm-for-use-of-unlicensed-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">College wins $5.5MM lawsuit against firm for use of unlicensed architects</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149904913/you-can-steal-designs-from-a-3d-printer-just-by-listening-to-it You can steal designs from a 3D printer just by listening to it Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-08T19:11:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T02:02:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kl/klxoknhlsjzwjtpg.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at the University of California, Irvine, have demonstrated a method by which a 3D design could be reverse-engineered by analysing the vibrations picked up from a common 3D printer. [...] a basic recording made with a smartphone could capture enough information to recreate a given object. Data including where the nozzle is, how it moves and for how long it is expelling plastic can be picked up, and recreate designs with 90 percent accuracy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Can you encrypt live sound?</p><p>More on 3D printing:</p><ul><li><a title="Another study warns that 3D-printers pose potential health risks for users" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147210156/another-study-warns-that-3d-printers-pose-potential-health-risks-for-users" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Another study warns that 3D-printers pose potential health risks for users</a></li><li><a title="3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144582510/3d-printing-will-recreate-destroyed-palmyra-arch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printing will recreate destroyed Palmyra arch</a></li><li><a title="MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648127/mit-presents-3d-printer-that-can-print-10-materials-simultaneously-without-breaking-the-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a title="Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam could get a new 3D-printed bridge built by robots</a></li><li><a title="Singapore company launches world's first 3d printer/scanner hybrid" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/120908279/singapore-company-launches-world-s-first-3d-printer-scanner-hybrid" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore company launches world's first 3d printer/scanner hybrid</a></li><li><p><a title="Which Architect Is Winning The 3D Printing Rat Race?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103170138/which-architect-is-winning-the-3d-printing-rat-race" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Which Architect Is Winning The 3D Printing Rat Race?</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/115976543/architect-eli-attia-sues-google-for-stealing-invention-that-streamlines-design-and-construction Architect Eli Attia sues Google for stealing invention that streamlines design and construction Archinect 2014-12-14T18:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:35:15-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bc/bc8d37a2645bed60e230eb992386001c.jpg" width="514" height="252" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The suit charges that Google and senior executives stole Eli Attia's invention, which is a technology that shortens and makes significantly cheaper the design and construction process, mainly for high-rise and large buildings. Google estimates that the invention has potential revenue of $120 billion annually.</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/84391777/denise-scott-brown-and-the-myth-of-individual-creativity Denise Scott Brown and the myth of individual creativity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-17T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-10-20T19:57:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2x/2xh2vp0r7mb6nv9p.jpg" width="300" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Modern architecture, despite breaking with the past stylistically, nonetheless maintains this image of the gifted architect as a lone autonomous genius who overcomes gravity and prevails over his client [...] Rather than an inner activity done in solitude, it has been found that people often discover their thoughts and ideas through interactions with others [...] The centrality of collaboration in architecture is often overlooked in a culture celebrating and branding &ldquo;starchitects.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Referring to recent statistics concerning <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78986132/why-are-so-many-women-leaving-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">women in architectural practice</a> and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75258357/pritzker-jury-will-not-revisit-decision-to-exclude-denise-scott-brown" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denise Scott Brown Pritzker controversy</a>, architect&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/14977736/esther-sperber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Esther Sperber</a>&nbsp;calls for an overhaul of how we think about creativity and authorship in architecture. Her piece for <em>Lilith</em>,&nbsp;"Revising Our Ideas about Collective Inspiration", argues that what is perceived as "creative genius" relies on cultural and social affirmation, and is therefore a necessarily collective act.</p> <p> Endorsing D.S.B.'s demand that the architecture community "salute the notion of joint creativity", Sperber's piece recognizes issues of gender inequality within the practice, but is more concerned with the whole notion of individual intellectual ownership -- creativity just doesn't work this way, and prestigious awards shouldn't either.</p> <p> As creative industries adapt "orchestrated serendipity" strategies to capitalize on collaborative processes, the presumption that intellectual production belongs to any one individual dissolves. Sperber'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67661567/design-law-charity Design Law & Charity Archinect 2013-02-15T18:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-20T09:48:19-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xl/xls2wnmn7t3dqu4m.jpg" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> A few weeks ago <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66634129/apple-trademarks-design-of-its-retail-stores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">we reported</a> that the USPTO granted trademark protection to Apple for aspects of its retail store designs (Reg. No. <a href="http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&amp;state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277914</a> &amp; <a href="http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield?f=doc&amp;state=4007:952rgh.3.1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4277913</a>).</p> <p> <em>Image above, Reg. No. 4277913 (claiming color)</em><br><em>Image below, Reg. No. 4277914 (not claiming color)</em><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59d91tf69ja4qspn.jpg" title=""></p> <p> While most architectural works don&rsquo;t have the notoriety and consumer association necessary to obtain federal trademark protection, architects have long relied on copyright and design patents to protect their creations.&nbsp; Since 1990 when &ldquo;<a href="http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ41.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architectural works</a>&rdquo; were first incorporated into our federal copyright regime, much has been written about its use and impact.&nbsp; Yet few architects have stopped to consider the role of design patents.</p> <p> But design patents aren&rsquo;t new.&nbsp; Architects in the US have relied on them for over a century to protect new, original, and ornamental designs for any article of manufacture.&nbsp; For example, Frank Lloyd Wright was granted numerous design patents on everything from <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=bEoCAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">chairs</a> to <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=nAByAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">desk</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/patents?id=nQByAAAAEBAJ&amp;zoom=4&amp;dq=ininventor%253Afrank%2520wright&amp;pg=PA1#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">home</a> designs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0p/0pegylz56ex4ax9h.jpg" title=""><br><em>Design ...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/64639943/editor-s-picks-296-happy-gregorian-or-julian-calendar-new-year-s-day Editor's Picks #296- Happy (Gregorian or Julian calendar) New Year's Day! Nam Henderson 2013-01-02T01:22:00-05:00 >2013-01-15T09:12:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/up/up6c9oxu67x2wxz4.jpg" width="514" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>fschlem started a blog The Dirty South...The blog takes it name from a studio titled the "Dirty South," offered at the Georgia Tech. The studio was the brainchild of TVSDesign Distinguished Studio Critic Jennifer Bonner and it&rsquo;s goal was to look at the city of Atlanta through the filter of the rap ideology of east coast/ west coast/ dirty south, translated to the realm of architecture...Connely Farr thought "wow. really interesting idea for a studio..."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Just like last year, Archinect has begun the transition into the new year by reflecting back on the 2012 by sharing the most trafficked pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with a list of 12 top 12 lists for '12. As always, they listing the most popular pages from across the site, based exclusively on visits by unique page-views. Released so far are the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/64541821/archinect-s-top-12-news-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 most visited News posts</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/64543225/archinect-s-top-12-features-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 most visited Feature articles during 2012</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/64356800/archinect-s-12-top-12-for-12" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tomorrow the 12 top 12 BLOGS,BLOG POSTS and LIVE BLOGS&nbsp; will be announced</a>.</p> <br><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Michael Kimmelman reviewed the new Stedelijk Museum and reflecting on it&rsquo;s design asked "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/64208091/why-is-this-museum-shaped-like-a-tub" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why a tub?</a>" <strong>Thayer-D</strong> offered up a few guesses but then gave up and replied "<em>Why IS this museum shaped like a tub?</em>". <a href="http://archinect.com/orhan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> added "<em>Building aside, it is a good museum with an excellent director, Ann Goldstein, who was a great curator here in Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art since the 80's. She is one of the best curators anywhere when it comes to conceptual art. Sh...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55753518/lack-of-detail-no-reason-to-deny-copyright-protection-to-architectural-works Lack of Detail No Reason to Deny Copyright Protection to Architectural Works Paul Petrunia 2012-08-22T14:40:00-04:00 >2012-08-23T12:07:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tx/txwpna8q7kelfx2o.jpg" width="302" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There is no requirement that architectural drawings contain sufficient detail to support actual construction in order to warrant copyright protection under Section 102(a)(5) of the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held Aug. 15 (Scholz Design v. Sard Custom Homes LLC, 2d Cir., No. 11-3298, 8/15/12).</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a recent legal case issued by architecture firm Scholz Design Co., against builder Sard Custom Homes, it was confirmed that &ldquo;Copyright protection of a pictorial work, whether depicting a house, or a flower, or a donkey, or an abstract design, does not depend on any degree of detail.&rdquo;</p> <p> Initially, however, in a lower court, the judge decided in favor of Sard Custom Homes, the defendant, claiming the stolen designs were taken from drawings with insufficient detail. When Scholz Design appealed, a higher court dismissed the initial decision, in favor of the plaintiff.</p> <p> Good news for architects!</p>