Archinect - News 2015-10-08T14:15:49-04:00 Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="522" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #411 Nam Henderson 2015-04-13T23:42:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T13:11:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Laura Amaya</a>&nbsp;published an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interview</a> with Alfredo Brillembourg, founder and co-director of Urban-Think Tank.</p><p>&nbsp;Therein he signed off with this hopeful statement "<em>I would say we are, now in the 21st century, in the </em><strong><em><em>expanded field of architecture.</em></em></strong><em> We are challenged, but we believe that this is one of the most exciting times in history to be an architect</em>".<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><br>The NYT reported <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pratt Institute&rsquo;s Architecture School</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> will begin offering a master&rsquo;s program in "Urban Placemaking and Management"</a>,&nbsp;led by David Burney FAIA, who was also recently appointed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">interim Executive Director</a> of AIANY and the Center for Architecture.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lightperson</strong> let it be known "<em>I'm all for placemaking in urban space if it is local (^) and isn't just high-line-washing or bike washing. Unfortunately this doesn't sound like a complete system of thought, but a trendy commodification and repackaging of what's hip</em>".</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Reacting to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">newest updates</a> on plans for the Mecanoo led redesign of DC Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (...</p> Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:14-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] &ldquo;In Yandex.Maps there&rsquo;s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]&rdquo; say Maksyokov. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred &hellip; As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Europe will let its citizens edit Google search results for their names Archinect 2014-05-13T17:05:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The European Court of Justice&nbsp;said Google must remove links in search results when requested by individuals, such as the Spanish man who brought a case against the search engine in order to&nbsp;remove links to a 1998&nbsp;newspaper article about&nbsp;the sale of property to settle his debts.&nbsp;The court said that the &ldquo;initially lawful processing of accurate data&rdquo; could, over time, become &ldquo;inadequate,&rdquo; &ldquo;irrelevant,&rdquo; or &ldquo;excessive&rdquo; in the eyes of the people who feature&nbsp;in the material.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Power of Sticker Shock Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:45-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="654" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of wrapping a house in giant graphic stickers, like the ones used for ads on city buses, appealed to Eric Chu the moment his architect suggested it. [...] Applying colorful, blown-up photos to the exterior glass walls &mdash; allowing daytime views out, but not in &mdash; was the unconventional solution proposed by Mr. Chu&rsquo;s architect, Whitney Sander, who runs Sander Architects with his wife, Catherine Holliss.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Harness Robocop social-networking ability with Highlight app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-12T15:31:00-05:00 >2013-12-12T15:31:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="301" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The newest version of [Highlight], available for iPhone and Android, uses every sensor, signal, and stream it can get its hands on to passively figure out what you&rsquo;re doing, and it intelligently scans users nearby to figure out who you might be interested in. It&rsquo;s not necessarily about people you know but people you could know. And that makes it both way cooler and way creepier than Facebook could ever dream of being.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google Street View gets (even more) personal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-10T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's Street View is slowly covering more and more of the world's surface, but it still has holes. Now though, you can help fill them&mdash;and all you need is an Android phone or DSLR. Google has just launched a new Street View feature which allows any user to recreate the usual Street View experience by stringing together photo spheres along paths which they define.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Archinect 2012-03-19T18:30:00-04:00 >2012-03-24T14:30:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers&rsquo; own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town&rsquo;s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol. Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>