Archinect - News 2014-04-19T08:44:56-04:00 Hippies, craftsmen, and sociologists: "Learning by Doing at the Farm" examines radical education in 1960s southern California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-03-14T11:07:00-04:00 >2014-03-20T05:49:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="692" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>It&rsquo;s easy to forget that Irvine, the minutely planned southern California city awash in tract housing and shopping complexes, was regarded as a pretty radical place at the time of its 1971 incorporation. Almost entirely ranchland up until the mid-1900s, the area that would become Irvine jump-started its urban development as the egg-white to the University of California&rsquo;s yolk. Looking for land to accommodate expanding enrollment, the UC bought a large chunk of dusty land owned by the Irvine Company to establish a new campus, adding&nbsp; surrounding territory for residential and commercial development. The school isn&rsquo;t named after the city -- both are named after the Irvine Company. City and campus were master-planned by architect William Pereira, and the University opened in 1965, still largely unfinished but marked by Pereira&rsquo;s concrete brutalism and Olmsted&rsquo;s New York Central Park plan.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In the era of this extremely young urban territory, beginning in 1968, UC Irvine began an experiment...</p> aside, government and tech are starting to get along Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-04T15:00:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:16:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="409" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the intersection of these two domains &ndash; technology and civic life &ndash; a small and fascinating sector has been taking root for the last few years. [...] Together, these types of companies and organizations have loosely come to define "civic tech" &ndash; and the potential for a future where technology finally, seamlessly, significantly alters how we relate to government and our neighbors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Not without its growing pains, the U.S. government is slowly learning to effectively use technology to connect to its citizens. The expanding field of "civic-tech" focuses on the sharing and distillation of government data, to grease the bureaucratic wheels and ramp up personal civic engagement.</p> <p> Explore the world of civic tech with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this interactive network map</a>, courtesy of the Knight Foundation.</p> Every pool in Los Angeles, mapped Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T11:22:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:32:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two academics wondered about the number of swimming pools in the L.A. Basin. They got their answer with computer mapping, but [...] along the way, they discovered something more than just the real-world versions of the iconic David Hockney pool utopias. Their project also proved that two non-experts were able to take a massive amount of freely available data to peek into other people's lives.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> DataAppeal's new app helps turn data into 3D images Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-30T14:53:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T13:51:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>DataAppeal&rsquo;s newest release allows our 3D data-maps to be imported into other 3D modeling and vector-based software programs including AutoCAD, Sketch Up and 3ds Max.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A vast improvement from histograms and scatter plots, data analytics and visualization company <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DataAppeal</a>&nbsp;now enables its users to export their data into other modeling softwares.&nbsp;DataAppeal's Nadia Amoroso (featured in Archinect's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box</a>&nbsp;back in April) told Archinect that this will essentially make the data appear more lively, consequently making it easier to understand and more impactful.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><em>3D printing done by &ldquo;Draft Print 3D&rdquo; Toronto-based company</em></p> Copenhagenize your bike with MIT's Copenhagen Wheel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-11-11T11:46:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Initially presented at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SENSEeable City Lab</a>'s<em>&nbsp;Copenhagen Wheel&nbsp;</em>will soon be produced through Boston start-up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superpedestrian</a>. Rather than buying a whole new bike or installing a cumbersome motor, the&nbsp;<em>Copenhagen Wheel</em> can be adapted onto most regular bikes, and will be comparable in price to most e-bikes. The wheel can be synced with the rider's iPhone to collect transit data, both for the benefit of the rider keeping tabs on exercise and commute regimens, and for the benefit of the city -- riders can choose to anonymously share data with their local government, aiding the improvement of cycling infrastructure and traffic management.</p> Urban Planning in the iPhone Age Archinect 2011-11-03T20:30:57-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="255" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the next wave of mobile applications do more than that&mdash;they collect massive amounts of data about how people live, where they travel and what they want to see in their neighborhoods. And they connect all of that with the officials in position to make decisions. Apps, in other words, offer potential solutions for two of the trickiest parts of the urban planner's job: sharing data and engaging citizens.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Where the World’s Data Is Stored Archinect 2011-07-19T15:43:39-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <em><p>The world&rsquo;s largest data center sits in Gothic revival splendor just a couple of miles south of Chicago&rsquo;s downtown Loop in a former R. R. Donnelly printing plant. I happened to walk past the center a year ago and was impressed by the scale of the building and the serenity of the setting...</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> [<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Via Mozy</a>]</p>