Archinect - News 2014-09-19T09:57:34-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107979560/chinese-school-puts-running-track-on-its-roof Chinese School puts running track on its roof Metropolitan Monk 2014-09-02T00:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:52:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e5/e5f34rfm52koxgcr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In use since September 1, 2014, an elementary school in Tiantai, Zhejiang province, built a 200-meter running track on the roof of its school building. In "<a href="http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2014-09/02/content_18529602.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School puts running track on its roof</a>" Chinese architect Ruan Hao [<a href="http://lycs-arc.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LYCS Architecture</a>], chief architect of the teaching building, said "<em>that breaking the tradition of a running track on the ground might provide a solution for other schools with limited land."</em></p><p>The "No 2 Elementary School of Tiantai Chicheng district" - located near Hangzhou - is one of the 11 case-studies that is part of the "<a href="http://movingcities.org/movingmemos/adaptation-la-biennale-di-venezia-architecture-2014-exhibition/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ADAPTATION - architecture and change in China</a>"-exhibition - one of the <a title="21 Collateral Events | 14th International Architecture Exhibition" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/news/22-04.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">21 Collateral Events </a>of the <a title="14th International Architecture Exhibition | website" href="http://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">14th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia - </a>curated by prof. Marino Folin &amp; <a href="http://movingcities.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MovingCites</a>, and hosted by the <a title="EMGdotART Foundation | website" href="http://emgdotart.net/main/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">EMGdotART Foundation</a> at Palazzo Zen in Venice.</p><p>As part of the exhibition, and in co-production with China Daily Video, EMGdotART Foundation created a short documentary on the construction of this project called "<a href="http://video.chinadaily.com.cn/2014/0605/3159.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ruan...</a></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>