Archinect - News 2014-11-23T09:53:28-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/114119713/11-futuristic-ways-to-improve-our-cities-from-robotic-rats-to-talking-trash-cans 11 Futuristic Ways to Improve Our Cities, From Robotic Rats to Talking Trash Cans Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T15:42:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T15:51:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a6771e79d4f1ae48503319eedc35c63.jpg" width="514" height="743" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>City Hall. It's traditionally the place where technology gets stuffed into a drawer and forgotten. But as budgets recover from the Great Recession and smartphone-toting citizens prod municipal officials, cities are now more Boston Dynamics than Boss Tweed. Soon the pols will be promising sensor-driven pots that cook the chicken for you, just the way you like it.</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/106649647/flying-robots-monitoring-failing-infrastructure Flying Robots Monitoring Failing Infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2014-08-15T19:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T19:20:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9p/9p2spnsz2cp9cnny.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a report from the Obama administration warns that one in four bridges in the United States needs significant repair or cannot handle automobile traffic, engineers are employing wireless sensors and flying robots that could have the potential to help authorities monitor the condition of bridges in real time.</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/106106961/self-folding-robot-based-on-origami Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami Justine Testado 2014-08-08T17:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkh9evbfl64n56wp.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While still experimental, engineering techniques drawn from origami promise the development of pop-up devices that could assemble themselves from flat, composite materials cheaply and efficiently, the [Harvard and MIT] researchers said. Potential applications range from self-assembling satellites to shape-shifting robots that could be used in search-and-rescue missions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Researchers at Harvard University and MIT have engineered a self-assembling paper robot inspired by the Japanese paper-folding artform origami. Since the journal <em>Science</em> published the report yesterday, the bots have been widely described as the "world's first Transformer."</p><p>On that note, paper bots...roll out!<br>&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106013700/does-your-house-need-a-robot-babysitter Does your house need a robot babysitter? Archinect 2014-08-07T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ae/aed71c817e348f9fbd087f343e642faa.jpg" width="514" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While security is seen as the obvious initial use for Jr., Roambotics has broader plans for the future. Telepresence is one, but the self-directed robot could also be used to spontaneously document social gatherings, or to keep an eye on sick or elderly relatives. There's also the possibility of using Jr. as a 3D mapping system, effectively turning it into a Google Project Tango camera on wheels.</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/103718361/on-the-ground-ucla-s-year-end-student-expo-rumble-includes-flying-robots-seceding-cities-and-much-more On the ground: UCLA's year-end student expo, RUMBLE, includes flying robots, seceding cities and much more Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-08T18:13:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T01:46:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zz/zzusmnqib8smbjji.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The big catharsis for <a href="http://archinect.com/schools/cover/349/university-of-california-los-angeles-ucla" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA Architecture and Urban Design</a> comes by way of <a href="http://archinect.com/ucla/event/rumble-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RUMBLE</a>, an all-school expo held at the end of the academic year, that includes student work, final reviews, program installations, and lectures. Mixing content from students, practitioners, critics and faculty, the event spans a full week in June, and gives the public a chance to peek into A.UD's world. This year&rsquo;s RUMBLE included work from studios led by <a href="http://archinect.com/nmda" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neil Denari</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/gehry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/hplusf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Craig Hodgetts</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/702/greg-lynn-form" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn</a>, <a href="http://www.morphosis.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Thom Mayne</a> and many more, showcased across two campuses for the first time in A.UD history.</p><p>In addition to their facilities on the main campus in Westwood, UCLA acquired a giant airplane hanger in Playa Vista for its satellite Hercules campus, now home to SUPRASTUDIO, UCLA&rsquo;s M.Arch II program. You can read <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87928096/on-the-ground-ucla-s-new-ideas-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">more about the goings-on at Hercules from our visit in December.</a> Similar in parts to <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/100072910/on-the-ground-usc-blue-tape-showcases-student-work-as-barometer-of-california-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blue Tape</a>, USC&rsquo;s big-bang showcase for its entire architecture school, RUMBLE offers the public a unique chance to see th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102251007/mini-robots-may-outcompete-3d-printing-in-the-evolution-of-construction Mini-robots may outcompete 3D printing in the evolution of construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T17:52:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63cf6ad58829190db98bbc1cdede1533.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover the construction site of the future, quickly and cheaply building greener buildings of any size. [...] "The robots can work simultaneously while performing different tasks, and having a fixed size they can create objects of virtually any scale, as far as material properties permit&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the Minibuilders in action below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101170641/signs-from-the-near-future Signs from the near future Paul Petrunia 2014-06-05T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:30:19-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ap/apbqnvs36t08hjr2.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://signsfromthenearfuture.tumblr.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new Tumblr</a> showcases predictions of signage in our future.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87928096/on-the-ground-ucla-s-new-ideas-campus On the Ground: UCLA's new IDEAS campus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-03T19:12:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T02:25:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buwpfnke2yzgu85k.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect recently took a field trip to Playa Vista, a quiet community minutes from the ocean in west Los Angeles, to check out UCLA&rsquo;s new satellite architecture campus, IDEAS. Entirely housed within a 13,000sqft airplane hangar, the campus is used by architecture students in the university&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.aud.ucla.edu/programs/m_arch_ii_degree_1.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SUPRASTUDIO</a> program, a one-year MArch II that pairs students with industry and non-profit leaders to focus on an advanced research project. Since its first run in 2008, SUPRASTUDIO has tripled in size and offerings, now composed of 41 students working in studios led by Gehry Partners/Gehry Technologies, Greg Lynn, and Thom Mayne/The Now Institute.</p> <p> A far cry from the hilly green labyrinth of UCLA&rsquo;s Westwood campus, the IDEAS hangar formerly belonged to famed aviation magnate Howard Hughes, and now plays neighbor to Los Angeles&rsquo; YouTube Space (and nearby Google in Venice). The Playa Vista community is still very new, first developed in the early aughts as part of President Bill Clinton&rsquo;s init...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/87929714/robofold-nominated-for-emerging-design-studio-at-the-icon-magazine-awards-2013 RoboFold nominated for “Emerging Design Studio” at the ICON Magazine Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-02T19:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T19:07:26-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t2/t2syeoroh7pe39uu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the upcoming prestigious ICON Magazine Awards 2013 taking place on Dec. 5 at the Oval Space in East London, we're excited to feature industrial design studio RoboFold, who is one of this year's "Emerging Design Studio" nominees. Before RoboFold's establishment in 2007 at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, Gregory Epp &mdash; who was a student there &mdash; spent more than a decade researching curved folding techniques.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zocnkmredbv836e.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cl/cl1z4fkc72behy6p.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zj/zjl8f21i3hf63pt7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Arum&rdquo; Sculpture by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Matthias Urschler.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d3qwdnul2vliteha.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xy/xy4ud8t5m8xnqol3.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Infinity&rdquo; Sculpture by Stathis Lagoudakis. Image: Tracy Woodford.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84166563/editor-s-picks-337 Editor's Picks #337 Nam Henderson 2013-10-14T23:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T05:48:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y0/y040uqxnorl2aggs.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg,</a> Editorial Manager for Archinect, traveled to Aedes Network Campus Berlin as a fly-on-the-wall, and reported back with <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/83387409/7-lessons-from-the-3rd-international-architectural-education-summit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit</a>.&nbsp;These were; 1) <strong>The relevancy of the &ldquo;Architect&rdquo; is fleeting</strong>, 2) <strong>Kids today don&rsquo;t know a thing about radicalism</strong>, 3) <strong>The powers that be are male, and architecture is a gender-divisive practice</strong>, 4) <strong>Architects need to be &ldquo;strategically naive&rdquo;</strong>, 5) <strong>Architectural authority is not above democratic authority (?)</strong>, 6) <strong>Form before finances</strong> and lastly 7) <strong>The student has become the master (at least regarding computers)</strong>.</p> <p> <strong>In response </strong><strong>Thayer-D</strong> opined "<em>The main problem with architectural education isn't the lack of branding or radicalism, or even male dominated pedagogy (although that does suck).&nbsp; It's the lack of faith that tackling the myriad of issues associated with any given project will result in the most compelling and present project possible, regardless of one's aesthetic proclivi...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83383390/mit-develops-self-assembling-modular-robots MIT develops self-assembling modular robots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-04T18:49:00-04:00 >2013-10-04T18:50:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2l/2lw0ty8j5ms3pl38.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Known as M-Blocks, the robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they&rsquo;re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces [...] As with any modular-robot system, the hope is that the modules can be miniaturized: the ultimate aim of most such research is hordes of swarming microbots that can self-assemble, like the &ldquo;liquid steel&rdquo; androids in the movie &ldquo;Terminator II.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> MIT, you've done it <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80141432/mit-accelerates-multi-material-3d-printing-software" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">again</a>. And <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80158350/magical-sesame-ring-opens-gates-of-public-transit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">again</a>. A team at CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, has developed M-Blocks -- robotic cubes that can self-assemble into practically any configuration, through a system of carefully aligned magnets and flywheels. Even at their current scale (about the size of an apricot), the M-Blocks could be used to "fill-in" damaged bridges or buildings in an emergency, or serve as adaptive support systems in construction.</p> <p> But the smaller the blocks can be built, the more versatile their application -- and the more subtle their shapes. Think of a semi-liquid material that can be poured onto the floor and then spring into the shape of a chair, in whatever design you prefer.&nbsp;The modules could also be outfitted with individual components, like cameras or thermometers, to perform a specific function in the horde.</p> <p> Check out the videos below to see the M-blocks in action.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81071153/nasa-looks-to-robots-and-3d-printers-for-huge-self-constructing-orbiting-structures NASA looks to robots and 3D printers for huge, self-constructing, orbiting structures Archinect 2013-09-04T18:09:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:10:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a2/a2ba6d0c08443fef4616dbe121113bec.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instead of specially engineering spacecraft components to fit into a rocket, NASA could densely pack materials like fiber and polymer into existing spacecraft and create the components while orbiting the planet. This cuts down on cost and opens up the possibility for larger spacecraft.</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/63676615/out-of-the-factory-into-the-field-robots-go-to-work-for-architects Out of the Factory, Into the Field: Robots Go to Work for Architects Archinect 2012-12-18T15:00:00-05:00 >2012-12-26T22:42:36-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/7727319bf9d676af95ae841af00e9181.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brell-Cokcan and Braumann are co-founders of the Association for Robots in Architecture and organizers of the Rob|Arch 2012 conference, being held in Vienna on Dec. 17 and 18. Over this past weekend they ran a series of workshops in Vienna, Graz, Z&uuml;rich, Rotterdam, and Stuttgart to expose architects and designers to the possibilities of utilizing this technology.</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/55700826/the-world-s-first-city-for-robots The world's first city for robots Archinect 2012-08-21T20:17:00-04:00 >2012-08-21T20:19:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6ad889f065eb452f13a0695815e77142.jpg" width="514" height="234" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A science project of unprecedented scale begins this month in the New Mexico desert, as a technology firm breaks ground for a model metropolis. Washington-based Pegasus Global Holdings will build a town replete with schools, parks and an airport. But the intended residents are not people, but robots.</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/23796462/sci-arc-s-robot-house-rapidly-making-your-arty-bohemian-lifestyle-obsolete SCI-Arc's Robot House: Rapidly Making Your Arty Bohemian Lifestyle Obsolete Archinect 2011-10-13T20:26:04-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4a915faba68e1fa2049bdd64bd632e7.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some robots are being trained to do digital design work now. The design-savvy robots in question are part of Southern California Institute of Architecture's (SCI-Arc) Robot House and they're around for the repetitive and extremely detailed movements that human artists find tedious or impossible. So your life of quiet painterly desperation and locavore vegan cocktails is safe for the time being.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here's <a href="http://www.sciarc.edu/portal/about/resources/robotics_lab.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">some info about the Robot House</a>, from SCI-Arc's website.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15400769/foxconn-will-bring-on-1-million-robots-in-3-years-to-replace-workers Foxconn will bring on 1 million robots in 3 years to replace workers Paul Petrunia 2011-08-01T11:24:27-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4fb727f9b002404d46638cb30f50fe61.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Foxconn&rsquo;s founder and chariman Terry Gou said the company will replace an unspecified amount workers with one million robots in three years. Foxconn is the Asian manufacturer that is responsible for many components inside of Apple, Sony, and Nokia&rsquo;s devices.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For a related discussion check <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/12536593/the-diminishing-returns-of-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Diminishing Returns of Technology</a>.</p>