Archinect - News 2016-12-10T04:05:10-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/84710003/editor-s-picks-338 Editor's Picks #338 Nam Henderson 2013-10-22T11:45:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T06:23:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qu/qukwxx1iok4bo8h1.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Michael Abrahamson currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan provided a review of "Air Rights" &ndash; an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning...Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (perhaps both?), Darkman criticized "The BLDGBLOG type inquiry walks a fine line between futurism and self-indulgance"</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ix/ixoy0hkgvwkmnqo0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> For the latest edition of the&nbsp;<strong>In Focus</strong> series, dedicated to profiling the photographers who help make the work of architects look that much better, Archinect <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/84219613/in-focus-robin-hayes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spoke with Stockholm-based English photographer Robin Hayes</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9x/9xsuxno8j3y6uaxf.jpg" title=""></p> <p> Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/3376463/michael-abrahamson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Abrahamson</a>&nbsp;currently a doctoral student in Architecture History and Theory at the University of Michigan <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/84447208/air-rights-an-exhibit-by-drone-research-lab" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">provided a review of "Air Rights"</a> &ndash; an exhibition by the Drone Research Lab (DRL) at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.&nbsp;Therein he explains "<em>The exhibit seems to argue that the site of misbehavior and appropriation is shifting from the tagged surfaces of graffiti to aberrant spatial practices of collection and documentation...The show is a mixed bag, displaying everything from a metaphoric play on US intelligence procedures to a pragmatic consumer drone kit. Notably absent is any attempt at using drones for the fabrication of habitable spaces</em>".</p> <p> Responding either to the author or to projects found in the exhibition (per...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84161736/archinect-field-trip-solar-decathlon-2013-basking-in-arrays-of-energy-efficiency Archinect Field Trip: Solar Decathlon 2013, Basking in Arrays of Energy Efficiency Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-15T15:28:00-04:00 >2016-03-15T13:50:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bj/bjvjbh49ppb5q88h.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Plopped down on a former Marine Corp air station in the geographic middle of Orange County, nineteen solar-powered model homes line the runway to be judged in the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s 2013 Solar Decathlon. For its first year held away from the National Mall in Washington D.C., the Solar Decathlon was staged in Irvine&rsquo;s Great Park, which while being an abandoned airstrip surrounded by farmland, housing developments and dirt, purports to be the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ocgp.org/learn/design/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first major metropolitan park of the 21st century</a>&rdquo;. For ten days, collegiate teams from around the world showcased their houses for public tours and competition in ten categories that grade affordability, marketability, design and energy efficiency. Each team has architects and engineers (sometimes from multiple schools) collaboratively design and build a fully functional solar-powered home for their chosen environment.</p><p>What does the Department of Energy do with these winning designs once the competition is over? Anticlimactically, most ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82697860/solar-decathlon-2013-is-coming-to-irvine-california-this-october Solar Decathlon 2013 is coming to Irvine, California this October! Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-25T21:15:00-04:00 >2013-09-30T17:31:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wg/wgvor2jq42tuwqoz.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning program that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Students from around the world will bring their designs for solar-powered houses to Irvine, California this October, as part of the 2013 Solar Decathlon. First held in 2002, the Solar Decathlon is a biannual student competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy.&nbsp;The Decathlon will take place at <a href="http://www.ocgp.org/2013/01/orange-county-great-park-welcomes-u-s-department-energy-solar-decathlon-2013-collegiate-teams/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Great Park</a>, with model houses erected for public tours October 3-6 and 10-13, from 11am - 7pm daily.</p> <p> Take a look at the competing entries via the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/solar_decathlon/with/8940291949/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dept. of Energy's flickr stream</a>, as well as photos from&nbsp;<a href="http://the-xpo.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">XPO</a>, the "clean, renewable and efficient energy exposition" that will host the competition.&nbsp;Competitors will be representing the following schools, listed as teams:</p> <ul><li> Arizona State University and The University of New Mexico (U.S.)</li> <li> Czech Technical University (Czech Republic)</li> <li> University of Louisville, Ball State University and University of Kentucky (U.S.)</li> <li> Middlebury College&nbsp;(U.S.)</li> <li> Missouri University of Science and Technology&nbsp;(U.S.)</li> <li> Norwich Universit...</li></ul>