Archinect - News 2016-10-01T04:42:21-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149941622/finnish-university-receives-grant-to-explore-industrial-applications-for-hemp Finnish University receives grant to explore industrial applications for hemp Nicholas Korody 2016-04-20T17:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-04T23:36:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pk/pkyhmuuq4s481p30.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Turku University of Applied Sciences has received a grant of 70,417 euros to see if hemp could be used more in construction projects. The research will involve investigating the soundproofing and fireproof properties of the substance. Researchers will also look at how hemp decomposes and to see how it could be used as fertilizer - in order to determine how eco-friendly hemp's waste materials are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article is careful to note that hemp has far less THC than marijuana and is therefore not a psychoactive substance (<em>obviously</em>) &ndash; but the news still feels <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/420_(cannabis_culture)" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">topical</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Hemp has been used for centuries for ropes, oils and textiles. But marijuana criminalization efforts in the 20th centuries seriously hurt hemp's brand (among other things). Now that marijuana is beginning to become destigmatized, there's been a renewed interest in hemp and its many potential uses.</p><p>"Hemp-based concrete is already marketed with names like Hempcrete and Canosmose, and is made up of a mixture of hemp fibres, lime and other materials," the authors note. "The mixture is not as strong as conventional concrete however and is used in conjunction with extra framing support."</p><p>Here's some other 4/20-related articles from the archives:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/91553/from-kfc-to-thc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From KFC to THC</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/16347/pot-clinics-grow-like-weed-in-sf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pot Clinics Grow Like Weed in SF</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42789484/house-of-hemp-pushing-cannabis-as-a-construction-material" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">House of hemp? Pushing cannabis as a construction material</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/58690/when-in-rome-breathe" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">When in Rome, breathe.</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146283620/ucl-researchers-present-a-new-kind-of-self-cleaning-nano-engineered-window UCL researchers present a new kind of self-cleaning nano-engineered window Alexander Walter 2016-01-21T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:44:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iu/iu2mdlqx9i4vxagw.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers at University College London (UCL) claim that a &ldquo;revolutionary&rdquo; new type of window could cut cleaning costs in tall buildings and reduce heating bills by up to 40% thanks to a new combination of nano-scale engineering inspired by the eyes of moths, and thermochromic coating. The prototype, revealed today, has conical nanostructures engraved on its surface that trap air and prevent all but a tiny amount of water coming into actual contact with the glass.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"The lead UCL researcher said this would be a big draw for high-rise building owners, since the cost of cleaning the windows surpasses the cost of installing them after the first five years."</em></p><p>Related news stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127790631/how-smart-tintable-glass-will-reduce-our-needs-for-air-conditioning" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How "smart" tintable glass will reduce our needs for air conditioning</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145043730/this-nano-membrane-toilet-could-solve-the-world-s-sanitation-crisis-and-charge-our-phones" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This Nano Membrane Toilet could solve the world's sanitation crisis &ndash; and charge our phones</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139700191/editor-s-picks-432 Editor's Picks #432 Nam Henderson 2015-10-25T18:43:00-04:00 >2015-10-27T11:19:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sj/sjpxdoyqo3734oq0.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned an essay on <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138573406/the-humanity-of-the-chicago-architecture-biennial" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The humanity of the Chicago Architecture Biennial</a>,&nbsp;wherein she argues "<em>the Biennial is more about architects than it is about architecture.</em>"&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile <a href="http://archinect.com/Julia_Ingalls" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;reviewed the book <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/138591091/the-in-crowd-review-of-conversations-with-architects-in-the-age-of-celebrity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conversations with Architects: In the Age of Celebrity</a>, by former corporate interior designer turned international architectural curator Vladimir Belogolovsky.&nbsp;<strong>DTElmore </strong>was convinced "<em>this article has helped me to see that now, more than ever, buildings and criticism of buildings are inextricably linked to the characters that design them, possibly to the detriment of architecture.</em>"</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y4/y471wfmt9gzridb4.jpg"></p><p>Moscow is on a roll, of post-industrial rehab; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139031170/renzo-piano-building-workshop-redesigns-moscow-power-station-into-art-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">with Renzo Piano Building Workshop releasing a redesign - for turning a Moscow power station into an art site for the V-A-C Foundation</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139028758/neutelings-riedijk-architects-propose-these-flamboyant-golden-glass-and-steel-towers-for-defunct-moscow-auto-plant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neutelings Riedijk Architects proposing golden glass and steel towers for a defunct Moscow auto plant</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vf/vf4uh0x8vl4llvyf.jpg"></p><p>The SANAA designed arts and community center, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138428052/sanaa-s-meandering-river-community-center-opens-to-the-public" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the River</a>, finally opened its doors to the public...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104485874/flaunting-foam-and-function-in-an-insulation-installation-at-makeshift-society-brooklyn Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aqv5rtuz593n4nn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="http://thefoamagency.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="http://makeshiftsociety.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/TFA_GIF.gif"></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8qpfb8x1967px5my.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nm8zgyijfueiujwt.jpg"></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/94837842/editor-s-picks-357 Editor's Picks #357 Nam Henderson 2014-03-05T19:15:00-05:00 >2014-03-08T06:36:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17u7i4455bqldx8o.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of&nbsp;<strong>Student Works:</strong>&nbsp;highlighted "<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/91390401/student-works-eidos-housing-project-gsapp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eidos</a>" a proposal for a housing complex located in East Harlem, New York, by GSAPP students Carlo Bailey and Lorenzo Villaggi.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/85/85b9iib4qxm95nvb.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, Archinect launched a new a new feature series, highlighting some of the more ambitious and intriguing workshops out there. <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/94360340/prototyping-tiny-house-design-workshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The inaugural issue features the Tiny House Design workshop, put on by Boneyard Studios in Washington, DC.</a></p><p><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o2/o2vtt1pabo2hfczt.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/94437641/zaha-hadid-defends-qatar-world-cup-role-following-migrant-worker-deaths" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Guardian published Zaha Hadid&rsquo;s defense, regarding her role in Qatar World Cup following migrant worker deaths</a>. <strong>vado retro</strong> was basically in agreement &ldquo;<em>she is absolutely correct architects are not responsible for job site safety and if architects become involved, even by commenting as to what should be done to remedy the situation, then the architect opens him/herself to liability claims...before condemning her comments it might be of some value to review Article 10 of A201 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction</em>&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Nice</strong> suggested &ldquo;<em>We all know Zaha is not at fa...</em></p>