Archinect - News 2017-07-21T06:30:33-04:00 Watch the progress of ODA's "Living Facade" in Park Slope Julia Ingalls 2017-07-18T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T20:15:18-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="600600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction of ODA's 251 1st Street residential complex in Park Slope is now reaching completion, demonstrating fragmented massing which the firm believes imbues the structure with a "living facade."</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>As the architects explain, "ODA&rsquo;s inflected the building&rsquo;s upper massing with a cascade of setbacks and terraces, yielding substantial outdoor space, as well as multiple exposures for units." Here's&nbsp;a gif demonstrating the concept from a different perspective:</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Miguel de Guzman</figcaption></figure> Scientists are developing a 'digestive' building material that cleans wastewater and produces electricity Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-08T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:14:05-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;The best way to describe what we&rsquo;re trying to create is a &lsquo;biomechanical cow&rsquo;s stomach&rsquo;,&rdquo; said Rachel Armstrong, coordinator of the Living Architecture (LIAR) research project. LIAR's aim is to develop a building block material that uses living microorganisms to clean wastewater, glean useful resources from sunlight, and even generate electricity.</p><p>To do this, the researchers are programming synthetic microorganisms, and inserting them into a microbial fuel cell (MFC), which is then placed inside ceramic blocks. The MFCs are effectively alive, and produce positive and negative charges, which allows them to be programmed in such a way to emulate the different metabolic stages of a cow's stomach.</p><p>In combination, the blocks could be used to form 'bioreactor walls', which could then help offset a structure's carbon footprint by keeping waste processing and power generation in-house:&nbsp;"like a digestive system for your home or office," according to Armstrong. In one successful test case, res...</p> Doris Sung's Living Architecture Morphs To Protect From The Elements Alexander Walter 2013-10-10T14:30:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:20:47-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Doris Sung was growing up she had several ideas about how architecture was supposed to be. From what she knew it was static, immovable, and didn't allow much room for experimentation and creativity. Fast-forward several years later, and Sung is now wildly experimenting with building mediums and metals, computer software, and nature itself to create interactive designs that respond to environmental stimuli, essentially coming to life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From microchips to algae: Finding ways to make buildings that live, breathe and think Archinect 2013-05-23T13:33:00-04:00 >2013-05-24T15:31:26-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The BioIntelligent Quotient House, which opened in March, is the first to use external tubes of algae to help heat, shade and generate power for the building. But Khoury Levit Fong (KLF), the Toronto firm in which el-Khoury is a partner, came up with the idea six years ago, and incorporated it into a design that won &ndash; then lost &ndash; an international competition for a huge new museum in Shenzhen, a major Chinese city near Hong Kong.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Arup Proposes Radical Building of the Near Future Archinect 2013-02-12T11:36:00-05:00 >2013-02-14T17:40:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="508" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The global engineering firm envisions a "smart" building that will plug into "smart" urban infrastructure and cater to an increasingly dense and technology-savvy urban population.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Download Arup's January 2013 issue of <em>Foresight</em> [<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PDF</a>]</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Wild Potter Grayson Perry & FAT Design Shrine-like Cottage in Essex Archinect 2012-10-03T11:32:00-04:00 >2012-10-03T15:15:28-04:00 <img src="" width="613" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new cottage will be decorated with sculptures, furniture, ceramics, and tapestries, all narrating her story: "a difficult childhood, young love, a truncated education, children, divorce and finally fulfilment in her career and love life," explained Perry. "The idea behind the project relates to buildings put up as memorials to loved ones, to follies, to eccentric home-built structures, to shrines, lighthouses and fairytales," the artist explained.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>