Archinect - News 2014-04-20T17:11:51-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/83621057/smart-cities-buggy-and-brittle Smart Cities: Buggy and Brittle Places Journal 2013-10-07T20:26:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:24:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gj/gjcykvvq9c0d8vm5.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My bewilderment quickly yields to a growing sense of dread. How is it that even in the heart of Silicon Valley it&rsquo;s completely acceptable for smart technology to be buggy, erratic, or totally dysfunctional? ... We are weaving these technologies into our homes, our communities, even our very bodies &mdash; but even experts have become disturbingly complacent about their shortcomings. The rest of us rarely question them at all.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Electric car sharing in Paris, dynamic road pricing in Singapore, nationwide smart meters in the UK.&nbsp;&ldquo;The technology industry is asking us to rebuild the world around its vision of efficient, safe, convenient living,&rdquo; writes Anthony M. Townsend in an excerpt on Places from his new book, <a href="http://www.smartcitiesbook.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Smart Cities</em></a>. But wireless sensor networks and integrated communications systems are vulnerable to power failure and hacking, not to mention software errors. What if the smart cities of the future are chock full of bugs?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80689668/architecture-publication-clog-releases-gorgeous-sci-fi-issue Architecture publication CLOG releases gorgeous "SCI-FI" issue Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-30T19:48:00-04:00 >2013-09-02T19:52:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/jw/jwwov81ndy9l5lf9.jpg" width="514" height="302" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rod Serling, creator of the 1950s television series "The Twilight Zone", defined science fiction as "the improbable made possible." The same might be said for the practice of architecture. After all, architects by trade conceive of spaces, places, and worlds that do not (yet) exist. Furthermore, the ability to make the improbable possible is held in especially high regard today and is oftentimes what defines an architectural practice as &ldquo;innovative&rdquo; in the first place.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Contemporary architecture publication <a href="http://www.clog-online.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CLOG</a> has released its seventh issue, <em>SCI-FI</em>. In the digital glow of the internet age, architectural discourse has become both bountiful and ephemeral, oftentimes muddling the lay of the land. In response, &ldquo;CLOG slows things down. Each issue explores, from multiple viewpoints and through a variety of means, a single subject particularly relevant to architecture now. Succinctly, on paper, away from the distractions and imperatives of the screen.&rdquo;<br> With its precise curation and focused content, CLOG&rsquo;s <em>SCI-FI</em> examines the mutually-affecting relationship between architecture and science fiction in a variety of ventures. <em>SCI-FI&nbsp;</em>honors this &ldquo;two-way artistic influence between architecture and science fiction&rdquo; while provoking readers to consider future architectural aesthetics and the aesthetics of futurism. Previous issues have showcased themes surrounding BIG, Apple, and Brutalism. <em>SCI-FI</em> features over forty contributors from the architecture world ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/72714152/cities-of-the-future-built-by-drones-bacteria-and-3-d-printers Cities Of The Future, Built By Drones, Bacteria, And 3-D Printers Nam Henderson 2013-05-08T12:43:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T18:54:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cfxkoqjl9aor9uoh.jpg" width="514" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>*This screed is awesomely entertaining and full of cool links, even though it&rsquo;s almost entirely implausible..There&rsquo;s also the occasional built-from-scratch Brasilia. So, some people might build a city like this in some central-planned, high-tech rush, before realizing that urban drones, bacteria, and 3DPrinters are fated to become as old-fashioned and pokey as swoopy, Space Age Brasilia is right now. - Bruce Sterling</p></em><br /><br /><p> As part of the <a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/section/futurist-forum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Futurist Forum</a> series, Chris Arkenberg composed some vignettes, suggestive of how urban architecture(s) could transform from than the rigid construction methodologies of today, the result being that "<em>Architecture will lose its formal rigidity, softening and flexing and getting closer to the life we see in plants</em>".</p> <p> h/t Bruce Sterling <a href="http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2013/05/architecture-fiction-urban-drones-bacteria-and-3dprinters/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/46018477/design-s-invisible-century Design's Invisible Century Places Journal 2012-04-23T14:17:00-04:00 >2012-04-23T14:21:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1w/1w8qv2b5eqxcndj1.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All human artifacts and activities &mdash; not just our objects and architecture, but also our organizations and operations, policies and procedures, systems and infrastructures &mdash; have been designed, and too many of the most critical have been badly done by professionals and politicians who didn&rsquo;t know the first thing about design. While we cannot blame them for what they didn&rsquo;t know or couldn&rsquo;t see, the stakes have gotten too high for us to continue in this way.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Thomas Fisher, dean of the Minnesota College of Design, argues that the 21st century is poised to become the "invisible century of design" (rivaling the last hundred years, the invisible century of science). Who will be the Einstein and the Freud of the new design century? We need a revolutionary thinkers to identify and solve critical structural problems.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/32638241/deyan-sudjic-s-london-spacecraft-1985 Deyan Sudjic's London Spacecraft, 1985 Archinect 2011-12-29T12:28:39-05:00 >2012-01-04T10:15:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/66/66193872fbc5ce1909ee7ee7687fddd5.jpg" width="510" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>British journalist and author (then) and now Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic's awesome London loft, designed by Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick. It actually itself looks like a small Design Museum itself, or a spaceship that's been travelling around galaxies, curating.</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/18237337/the-accidental-futurist-steven-m-johnson-s-alternate-realities The Accidental Futurist: Steven M. Johnson's Alternate Realities Archinect 2011-08-26T14:00:46-04:00 >2011-08-26T14:37:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67e69fa3cfe450b96b1e2fc3753108b6.jpg" width="514" height="490" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Steven M. Johnson (b. 1938) is a former urban planner and future trends analyst from California, who defines himself in terms of Chinese astrology as a tiger "with a tendency to rush forward, defend the weak, and be foolishly brave." Since the early 1970s, he has been creating scores of alternative products and systems&mdash;on paper&mdash;that he hopes will benefit "or at least amuse" his fellow consumer-citizens.</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/14295811/a-brief-history-of-the-pneumatic-tube-transport-systems-that-never-were A brief history of the pneumatic tube transport systems that never were Archinect 2011-07-22T18:32:12-04:00 >2011-07-22T18:32:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcc54d2b83e1b541868756795ff7c858.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alfred Ely Beach is best known for his invention of New York City's first concept for a subway: the Beach Pneumatic Transit, which would move people rapidly from one place to another in "cars" propelled along long tubes by compressed air.</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>