Archinect - News 2017-07-24T06:51:07-04:00 MIT team wins NASA challenge to design luxury hotel in low Earth orbit Julia Ingalls 2017-06-29T13:07:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T13:07:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="545" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The MIT project &mdash; the Managed, Reconfigurable, In-space Nodal Assembly (MARINA) &mdash; was designed as a commercially owned and operated space station, featuring a luxury hotel as the primary anchor tenant and NASA as a temporary co-anchor tenant for 10 years. NASA&rsquo;s estimated recurring costs, $360 million per year, represent an order of magnitude reduction from the current costs of maintaining and operating the International Space Station.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Left to right: Caitlin Mueller (faculty advisor), Matthew Moraguez, George Lordos, and Valentina Sumini are some of the members of the interdisciplinary MIT team that won first place in the graduate division of the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Design Competition Forum.</figcaption></figure><p>Part luxury hotel, part future Mars explorer, MIT's MARINA has a modular design that works not only to provide a bar, restaurant, gym,and&nbsp;eight rooms for low orbit guests, but can be reconfigured to create an "interplanetary Mars transit vehicle that can enter Mars&rsquo; orbit, refuel from locally produced methane fuel, and return to Earth." At last:&nbsp;a luxury hotel at which it would be appropriate to charge sky-high prices.</p> MIT is developing 3D-printing technology capable of making a basic building structure Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T10:31:05-04:00 <img src="" width="639" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the researchers, structures built with this tech will be faster to make and cheaper than traditional construction. They'll be customizable and enable forms otherwise difficult to manufacture. "Even the internal structure could be modified in new ways," they write, "different materials could be incorporated as the process goes along, and material density could be varied to provide optimum combinations of strength, insulation, or other properties."</p><p>The process involves using a large, industrial robotic arm with a smaller, precision-motion robotic arm attached on a movable track. The highly controllable arm can work as a traditional construction nozzle, pouring concrete or spraying insulation,&nbsp;<em>or&nbsp;</em>be used for digital fabrication with something like a milling head.</p><p>The system is different than other large 3-D printers in that it's free-moving and doesn't require an enclosed, fixed structure. To test it out, researchers built a 12 ft. high dome out of foam insulation in less th...</p> QS releases 2016 international architecture school rankings Nicholas Korody 2017-03-08T12:37:00-05:00 >2017-03-08T13:35:22-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Every year, a host of lists emerge ranking architecture schools around the world. For some, they serve as a useful guide to choosing where to pursue their studies. For others, the lists are subjective and have little real value.</p><p>QS World University Rankings has just released its 2016 rankings for studies in architecture and the built environment, based on &ldquo;academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.&rdquo; You can check out the full methodology for selecting the schools here.</p><p>The top schools for studies in architecture and the built environment, according to QS, are:</p><ol><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCL</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC Berkeley</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delft University of Technology</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Cambridge</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ETH Z&uuml;rich</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tsinghua University</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">National University of Singapore</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manchester School of Architecture</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Hong Kong</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbia University</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Tokyo</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UCLA</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politecnico di Milano</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Hong Kong Polytechnic University</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Sydney</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The University of New South Wales</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecole Polytechnique F&eacute;...</a></li></ol> A team of scientists have made graphene—the strongest material in the world—into a building material Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:32:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The space elevator&mdash;a theoretical mode of transportation where transport modules move up and down a long cable that connects Earth to space&mdash;has long been the stuff of futuristic fantasy...Now, a team of MIT scientists has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials in existence, taking us one step closer to realizing that sci-fi dream&mdash;and creating a formula for a material that could revolutionize architecture and infrastructure right here on Earth, too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The material in question is called&nbsp;<em>graphene</em>, a two-dimensional form of carbon. At just one atom thick, graphene has so far proven to be inoperable as a building material, even though it's the strongest material we know about. But the team of MIT invented a process that could change that. Using heat and pressure, they were able to create 3D geometries that proved to be ten times stronger than steel, but 5% less dense.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to the researchers behind the projects, the move from 2D to 3D is similar to rolling up a piece of paper, in the process creating a tube, which is a strong architectural form. Apparently, the material has other possible benefits for architecture. For example, because graphene is porous, it could act as a filter for water and air. And its strength could make buildings more resilient to extreme weather patterns.</p><p>At the moment, graphene is too expensive to be readily adapted to building purposes. But the 3D geometry invented by the MIT team could be used with mater...</p> Questioning urban truisms with artificial intelligence Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-10T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-12T00:52:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>computer vision and artificial intelligence are the keys to a debate behind a door that&rsquo;s been locked for a long time: the social impact of design in cities. [...] "Now that we have new tools to measure aesthetics, we can estimate its consequences" [...] [MIT Media Lab associate professor Cesar Hidalgo] wants to develop more empirical ways to study cities and the way they&rsquo;re perceived&mdash;and, in turn, provide better science to the policy-makers who shape legislation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on neural networks and aesthetic quantification:</p><ul><li><a title="Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI &quot;like Jarvis in Iron Man&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg's resolution for 2016: build an at-home AI "like Jarvis in Iron Man"</a></li><li><a title="Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Further strides made in Nobel-winning research on the neuroscience of navigation</a></li><li><a title="Archinect's Lexicon: &quot;Neuromorphic Architecture&quot;" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Lexicon: "Neuromorphic Architecture"</a></li><li><a title="&quot;Sculpting the Architectural Mind&quot; conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Sculpting the Architectural Mind" conference examines neuroscience's effects on architecture education</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></li></ul> Are "Food Computers" the key to a more sustainable future of agriculture? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-11T14:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-19T23:11:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That an apple can travel over 11,500 miles from where it was grown (spending over a year in shipment and in toxic, low-oxygen storage to suspend its maturation) is the perfect object lesson of our global agricultural system&rsquo;s failures. [...] And with the advent of natural-resource scarcity, flattening yields, loss of biodiversity, changing climates, environmental degradation, and booming urban populations, we&rsquo;re hurtling toward its natural limit.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"What if we could build a different world? One in which anyone could farm anywhere, not just on land devastated by disaster, but in basements, skyscrapers, and abandoned subway tunnels? Or in classrooms, rooftops, and old factories?"</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In this article by Caleb Harper, the Director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at MIT,&nbsp;he criticizes the "snarled cats-cradle of crisscrossed strings between origin and destination, shipment and storage" that constitutes today's global agricultural system.</p><p>At the Open AG Initiative, they're experimenting with hi-tech but low-impact ways to produce food, such as the&nbsp;&ldquo;Food Computer,&rdquo; a "controlled environment agriculture platform." The platform utilizes robotic control systems and plant-sensing mechanisms to produce a "precisely calibrated environment for growth."</p><p>By utilizing thirty sensing points per plant, the group believes they're creating more of a dialogue with biological systems than the dominating tendencies of conventional architecture.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Open ...</p> World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-06T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-04-10T00:31:48-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="465" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[nuTonomy's] Level 4 autonomous vehicle "is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip;" all you have to do is provide a destination and (possibly) open and shut the doors. Google's autonomous cars, in contrast, are currently at Level 3, with limited self-driving automation [...] [nuTonomy] is building into [its] decision-making engine the ability for cars to actually violate the rules of the road when it's necessary to do so</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the autonomous vehicle beat:</p><ul><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></li><li><a title="This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This startup hopes to bring autonomous campus shuttles to colleges by 2017</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></li><li><a title="U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a title="The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> MIT named #1 architecture school in the world Nicholas Korody 2016-04-05T14:24:00-04:00 >2016-04-06T12:58:26-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For the second year in a row, MIT has been named the top university in the world for architecture/built environment in the latest subject rankings from QS World University Rankings. In art and design, the Institute ranked No. 2 globally, a jump from fourth position in 2015. Ten other subject areas at MIT were ranked No.&nbsp;1. &ldquo;This ranking is testament to the success of the MIT model of research and teaching and its global commitment to address complex societal problems,&rdquo; says [Dean] Hashim Sarkis</p></em><br /><br /><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Get Lectured: MIT, Spring '16</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stanford Anderson, head of MIT's Department of Architecture from 1991-2004, has died</a></li></ul> Zoom In, Zoom Out: Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT's School of Architecture + Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #5 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-07T18:08:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T18:36:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Before coming to MIT to serve as dean of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Architecture + Planning</a> in January 2014, Hashim Sarkis taught at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard's GSD</a> as the Aga Khan professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies. He founded his own practice, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hashim Sarkis Studios</a>, in Cambridge in 1998, and continues to lead the firm.</p><p>Sarkis&rsquo;s experience working in two of the most highly-regarded architectural education institutions worldwide, while also managing his own firm, puts him in a unique position to approach theoretical questions of architecture from within the two, often discordant spheres of academia and practice. Our interview revolves around the same questions we ask in our <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deans List</a> series &ndash; how architecture education and practice are changing, how to address student needs, MIT&rsquo;s particular take on how to cultivate exceptional architects, and the culture of the school in a global urban context.</p><p>Listen to our One-to-One #5 with&nbsp;<strong>Hashim Sarkis</strong>:</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen&nbsp;and subscr...</a></li></ul> MIT launches three-year collaboration with London’s Soane Museum Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-27T17:57:00-04:00 >2015-11-04T23:21:13-05:00 <img src="" width="639" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The collaboration will consist of seminars, workshops, and studio classes for MIT students and potential exhibitions at MIT and the Soane Museum. This fall, the Department of Architecture is offering the program&rsquo;s first class, a reconsideration of architectural fragments [...] &ldquo;The Fragment,&rdquo; taught by David Gissen, a visiting professor in the History, Theory and Criticism program, will explore architectural monuments rendered into a fragmented, disassembled, or ruined state.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More news from MIT:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></li><li><a title="MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a title="MIT's &quot;Placelet&quot; sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a title="Hashim Sarkis named dean of the School of Architecture and Planning" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hashim Sarkis named dean of the School of Architecture and Planning</a></li></ul> MIT's new "Kinetic Blocks" enhances ability to build using Microsoft Kinect Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-15T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-10-15T14:21:19-04:00 <img src="" width="574" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kinetic Blocks works by feeding spatial information read by a Microsoft Kinect into the display, allowing it to respond to physical objects. However, where the inFORM could already manipulate objects in real time, the new project is faster and finely tuned to detect, orient, and stack blocks to make and even disassemble structures. The display can also be programmed to build structures stored in memory, or interact with special kinematic blocks that allow the pins to interact with other objects</p></em><br /><br /><p>Watch the video below to see the Kinetic Blocks in action:</p><p></p><p>More news from MIT:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cutting across the Chicago Architecture Biennial: "Rock Print" from ETH Z&uuml;rich and MIT</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><p><a title="MIT develops self-assembling modular robots" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT develops self-assembling modular robots</a></p></li></ul> MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T14:55:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a new helmet that shows, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps and tracks your engagement, and allows you to share your maps with others. These maps provide quantified insight that empower you to maximize your riding experience, and they are a great resource for riding communities and street advocacy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike many other biometric monitoring devices, the MindRider helmet isn't just about recording your physical activities; it's about harvesting data from normal routines to better inform public policy. The MindRider "reads" electrical activity between the brain's neurons, but the technology isn't invasive enough to determine anything beyond where on the route you're concentrating ("Hotspots") or coasting ("Sweetspots"). For an individual rider, boiling down the data into these two categories simplifies the ride experience, but with enough participants, the service can paint the cycling personality of an entire city, and provide a highly personal way to publicly engage with cycling. Maybe it can even make drivers empathize with stressed out cyclists.</p><p>While the actual helmet isn't commercially available quite yet,&nbsp;MindRider recently reached its&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;goal&nbsp;to create "The MindRider Guide to New York City", a map and guidebook to the city's mental cycling infrastructure. Whether tha...</p> Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s &ldquo;You Are Here&rdquo; project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google&rsquo;s map directions services API.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Direct link to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> MIT's Newest Invention Fits All the Furniture You Need in One Closet-Sized Box Archinect 2014-06-02T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T12:44:56-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What if you only had to buy one piece of furniture to make your tiny apartment abundantly livable? CityHome, a new project from MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s Changing Places group, promises to make that fantasy a reality. The highly transformable device, loaded with built-in sensors, motors, and LED lights, promises to make a 200 sq.ft. apartment feel three times larger.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> J. Meejin Yoon appointed head of the Department of Architecture Archinect 2014-05-30T14:55:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T22:44:28-04:00 <img src="" width="293" height="426" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>J. Meejin Yoon, architect and educator, has been appointed Head of the Department of Architecture beginning July 1. The first woman ever appointed to that post, she succeeds Nader Tehrani, who served as department head from 2010 to 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MIT's Adèle Naudé Santos stepping down as dean of School of Architecture and Planning Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-28T18:56:00-05:00 >2014-02-19T09:17:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Ad&egrave;le Naud&eacute; Santos] has decided to step down and return to the faculty, effective at the end of this semester. She is the ninth dean of the school and the second woman to hold the position of school dean at MIT. [...] &ldquo;I have loved this appointment, because I have loved this school,&rdquo; said Santos. &ldquo;The excellent faculty and students I&rsquo;ve had the honor to collaborate with are more MIT than they&rsquo;ve ever been: they&rsquo;re intent on doing interesting research, crossing aisles, and pushing boundaries.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MIT research reveals the power of placemaking Archinect 2013-10-28T15:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T15:09:57-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="494" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning released new research that examines the evolution of urban planning and its effects on communities. The report defines placemaking as &ldquo;an innovative approach to transforming communities by creating and revitalizing open, public spaces around the needs and desires of the community.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MIT develops self-assembling modular robots Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-04T18:49:00-04:00 >2017-03-07T19:06:35-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">again</a>. And <a href="" 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> Building a better big box Archinect 2013-04-03T16:41:00-04:00 >2013-04-05T14:51:57-04:00 <img src="" width="560" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>D&rsquo;Hooghe, a Belgian-born architect and director of the Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, cares deeply about urban form and the large-scale issues cities face in achieving more efficient energy use, better transportation and less congestion. One of his main concerns is better integrating suburbs with the larger metropolitan areas in which they exist.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MIT launches new research center on advanced urbanism Archinect 2013-02-12T18:57:00-05:00 >2013-02-27T14:10:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Interdisciplinary teams will focus on the planning, design, construction and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st century.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Already, the world is becoming predominantly urban. However, the dominant form of urban living will be very similar to our older suburban regions in the U.S. This places substantial pressure on American suburban models, the dominant model of urban development copied worldwide, to set a better example of sustainability. This is even more critical as economic development grows robust middle classes in developing countries who expect more from their living environments.</p> <p> To address the urgent need for better models of urban growth, the MIT School of Architecture + Planning is launching a major new research center focused on the planning, design, construction and retrofitting of urban environments for the 21st century.</p> <p> Under the leadership of center director Alexander D&rsquo;Hooghe and research director Alan Berger &ndash; professors of architecture and of urban design and landscape architecture, respectively &ndash; the Center for Advanced Urbanism will coordinate collaborations among existing eff...</p> Five tenets of a new kind of architecture Nam Henderson 2012-12-16T20:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-31T09:19:25-04:00 <img src="" width="643" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So when people look at you know, at the ability to 3D print using a robotic arm, they're very, very curious about the possibility of in the future, printing full scale houses, so I think the media lab and specifically in the Media Matter Group, we don't focus only on efficiency translations. For that, I would open a practice in the commercial world, but that's not the function of this lab...</p></em><br /><br /><p> Neri Oxman founder of the Mediated Matter group at MIT&rsquo;s Media Lab was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently profiled in a 30-minute segment and interviewed by Dr. Sanjay Gupta</a>. CNN also published a short essay in which Ms. Oxman begins to define a design credo suitable for the contemporary context, wherein the World-as-Machine is replaced by the World-as- Organism. The five components include;&nbsp; Growth over Assembly, Integration over Segregation, Heterogeneity over Homogeneity, Difference over Repetition and Material is the New Software.</p> <p> As Bruce Sterling noted elsewhere <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Looks like Prof Neri&rsquo;s working up a manifesto there."</a><br> &nbsp;</p> An App For Architects That Makes Physics Easy Archinect 2012-10-15T18:58:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T07:38:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After seven years of teaching structures to a mixed group of architecture and structural engineering graduate students at MIT, Paul Kassabian found that many of his future architects took a just-enough-to-get-the-homework-done approach to understanding those fundamental components. So he created an app to help them out.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What is the Future of Academic Publishing? An Interview with Gita Manaktala from MIT Press Archinect 2012-07-17T12:16:00-04:00 >2012-07-23T18:58:26-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University presses will endure as long as they are in a position to offer significant value to academic authors and their readers, and as long as they have the support of their home institutions. In the present and near future, we will see new models for the university press including funded open access models, collaborative publishing models, and global partnerships to develop and disseminate high quality scholarship worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Understanding the Resource Intensity of Cities Archinect 2012-05-14T17:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-15T12:50:31-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="407" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban planning has focused on identifying many important questions about the formation and functioning of our cities. However, there is a lack of understanding about the spatial patterns related to material and energy use in cities. This work attempts to address this knowledge gap.</p></em><br /><br /><p> is a web-map that illustrates data on material and energy use in cities. The goal is to provide an intuitive way of understanding this complex problem using an interactive interface. We have analyzed 42 cities and estimated material and energy intensities.</p> <p> To make this work as useful as possible, we are interested in examining whether this information is presented in such a way that it builds intuition about the functioning of cities.</p> MIT creates invisible glass that's fog+glare free and self cleaning Ian Smith 2012-04-26T17:45:00-04:00 >2012-05-03T12:30:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="505" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One of the most instantly recognizable features of glass is the way it reflects light. But a new way of creating surface textures on glass, developed by researchers at MIT, virtually eliminates reflections, producing glass that is almost unrecognizable because of its absence of glare &mdash; and whose surface causes water droplets to bounce right off, like tiny rubber balls.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> App's glowing arrows guide you around a new building Archinect 2012-02-20T12:58:00-05:00 >2012-02-20T12:59:06-05:00 <img src="" width="300" height="229" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Developed by Jaewoo Chung at MIT's Media Lab, Guiding Light consists of a wearable badge with magnetic sensors and a software app that makes use of a projector built into many Samsung smartphones to cast arrows onto the ground in front of you as you walk. The system relies on a map of the building based on fluctuations in its magnetic field, created by the presence of steel in the walls, floor and ceiling. In tests, Guiding Light was able to determine a user's position to within a metre.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Senseable City: an interview with Carlo Ratti Archinect 2011-12-05T15:06:00-05:00 >2011-12-05T15:06:13-05:00 <img src="" width="558" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect, engineer, and director of the SENSEable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carlo Ratti will focus on (you guessed it) the Senseable City&mdash;merging the digital and the physical realms by understanding how we sense and act on our built environment, and how the latter then responds to us.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 'Nature is a brilliant engineer' Paul Petrunia 2011-06-07T13:00:18-04:00 >2011-06-17T04:16:18-04:00 <img src="" width="295" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Haifa-born Oxman, 35, one of the world's leading researchers in the field of digital architecture, is currently studying how our bones are affected by environmental conditions and by the weight that is brought to bear on them, and how such knowledge can be applied in other areas of life. It is known, for instance, that astronauts in outer space lose bone mass because of the absence of gravity, whereas women when they are pregnant develop stronger bones in order to withstand the added load.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Who Gives A Crap? Sanitation, Energy and Entrepreneurship in Kenya Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T13:19:58-04:00 >2011-05-24T02:02:55-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="225" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sanergy, a year-old for-profit social enterprise that manufactures high-quality, yet low-cost and compact toilets for urban slums in the developing world and then uses human waste to produce energy and fertilizer. It is an &ldquo;affordable, accessible and hygienic sanitation&rdquo; solution for millions that live in places without sewage or electricity. They are places where the street is the bathroom. And that&rsquo;s precisely the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Immersive Cocoon // Step Into The Future Paul Petrunia 2011-05-17T12:08:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T19:33:24-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Welcome to the Immersive Cocoon, a surround display dome with sophisticated motion sensor technology that inspired the technology depicted in 'Minority Report'. Now your body becomes the interface, as you are enveloped and your body movement becomes part of this digital environment to make our everyday lives more enjoyable, at least that is what this conceptual project tries to explore.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>