Archinect - News 2015-04-02T03:49:56-04:00 Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for March 2015 Justine Testado 2015-03-27T20:12:00-04:00 >2015-03-27T20:16:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for the latest Kickstarter picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>. Check out what sorts of crowdfunding projects made it onto this month's list...</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Organic Growth. Summer Pavilion on Governors Island 2015</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Izaskun Chinchilla Architects was chosen as one of the winners in the 2015 &lsquo;City of Dreams&rsquo; Pavilion competition to have their proposal "Organic Growth" constructed on Governors Island, NY. Dubbed by the firm as "NY's biggest bike bouquet", the proposed 95 sq.m. canopy puts space-filling waste materials to crafty use.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Billion Oyster Pavilion</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Another winning City of Dreams Pavilion design by BanG Studios. All the materials in the Billion Oyster Pavilion would be used by the New York Harbor School to rebuild oyster habitats in NY's waterways.</p><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 CGarchitect Visualization Conference</a></strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>'s Jeff Mottle and CGSchool business partner Brian Zajac teamed up to create the first annual CGarchitect 3D Architectural Visualization Conference. Out of an ambitious fund...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for September + October 2014 Justine Testado 2014-10-26T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:01:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>We have our latest selection of crowdfunding campaigns from Kickstarter that piqued our interest. In our September and October 2014 picks for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a>, you'll find floating objects, more 3D-printing gadgets, sea-plastic furniture, and some stylish everyday products.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Floating Sauna</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>It was smooth sailing for Seattle-based goCstudio's "wa_sauna" campaign, which aims to bring their wood-fired floating sauna project to life by next summer. Right now, the studio is working to have the first wa_sauna be built and is searching for the best locations for its 2015 launch.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Carvey: The 3D carving machine for the maker in all of us</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Created by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inventables</a>, Carvey is a 3D-carving machine that let you make quality objects out of wood, metal, plastic and other materials in three steps: create your design on Easel (Carvey's software program), pick your material, and click carve. At this point, the Kickstarter has raised over $500K -- and it still has about three weeks left...</p> Kickstart this! Archinect's Kickstarter picks for July 2014 Justine Testado 2014-07-31T17:14:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:45:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Time for this month's Kickstarter picks! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Potato salad-making aside</a>, check out our latest selection of crowdsourced fundraisers right below for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's curated Kickstarter page</a> that are surely worth a look.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>ClassAct: Active School</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">actLAB NYC</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ClassAct</a>: Active School is on a mission to rebuild low-cost classrooms in the rural Filipino communities still struggling to recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan and the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that devastated the region in October 2013. actLAB is looking to crowdsource funding to have their classroom prototypes built for the students to use.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Architecture Lobby presents San Precario Exhibition</strong></a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Based in the repurposed Weigh Station venue in Callicoon, NY, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North School Studio</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture Lobby</a> set a stretch goal to improve the San Precario exhibition's design and content. The exhibition is dedicated to San Precario, a&nbsp;faux "patron saint" figure created in Italy in 2004 to raise awareness of precarious worker issues and unstable architectur...</p> Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process &mdash; the awful-sounding &ldquo;blexting.&rdquo;) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several &ldquo;blexting bootcamps,&rdquo; will be held in coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> An App to Crowd-Source Urban Disruptions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-11T17:06:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:33:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maa2too3a, or &lsquo;Happin&rsquo; in English, is a free app that uses news and crowd-sourced information to geo-tag disruptive events in the city as they occur, allowing users to mitigate risks or simply save time by avoiding them. Launched in May 2013, the app now has over 100,000 users, according to the developer, Mohammed Taha. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tool to keep people safe,&rdquo; he says. And on calmer days, it can be used to simply avoid traffic jams or other routine problems.</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> My Ideal City: Crowd-Sourcing Bogotá Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-19T21:14:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:13:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[My Ideal City] is an instrument where all people in Bogota help to create their city by interacting in proposals made for their Downtown in crowd sourcing, thus impacting design through real time interaction and direct feedback. Once the different initiatives are defined, the process is completed by the population crowd funding its own initiatives.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Winka Dubbeldam (Archi-Tectonics) and Rodrigo Nino (Prodigy Network) have developed<strong> Downtown Bogot&aacute; // My Ideal City</strong>, an online platform for the citizens of Bogot&aacute; to influence their local city-planning proposals. Recognizing that middle-class population growth across Latin America often outpaces the speed of urban development, My Ideal City responds to the demand for bottom-up planning measures. If successful, the online-platform could be implemented across the globe.</p> <p> Visit the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Ideal City</a> platform.</p> <p> The exhibition showcasing My Ideal City will be on display at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architekturforum Aedes</a> in Berlin, Germany, through August 29, 2013.</p> Mµ Thermal Imager attachment for the iPhone will detect thermal vulnerabilities in a building Archinect 2013-03-02T11:22:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:10:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In construction or renovation of buildings you'll be able to identify poorly insulated areas and badly wired electrical outlets before you put the drywall up. You'll find places where water has penetrated the structure where it should not have. Identifying mold and moisture is a much easier task with the M&micro; Thermal Imager.</p></em><br /><br /><p> M&micro; Optics is currently seeking financial support on crowsourced-funding website Indiegogo. The iPhone attachment may offer steep competition to the existing thermal imaging cameras that range in prices from $2,000 to $22,000, according to M&micro; Optics. The M&micro; Thermal Imager is currently offered for $125 and $150 to early adopters, with a final price goal of less than $200 if they are able to stock the product in the big box stores.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Crowdfunding Startups Let You Be Your City's Urban Planner Archinect 2012-10-14T15:46:00-04:00 >2012-10-21T17:17:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These two concepts &mdash; crowdfunding and urban improvement &mdash; have been married by several recently launched startups, both in the U.S. and abroad. These civic crowdfunding startups tap local communities and businesses to raise money for community centers and urban beautification, giving citizens a sense of ownership and a stake in the future of their cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Real Estate Developer Uses Facebook As A Crowdsourcing Platform Paul Petrunia 2011-06-22T11:43:15-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Brazilian real estate developer Gafisa decided to ask people directly, what they want in their new apartments? Launched last week, the Edif&iacute;cio Colaborativo (Collaborative Building) initiative transformed the company&rsquo;s fan page on Facebook in a crowdsourcing platform, intended to harvest innovative ideas for a new building.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to visit the Facebook page.</p> By the City/For the City - Urban Design Week 2011 Javier Arbona 2011-04-26T12:48:10-04:00 >2011-04-26T18:20:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From April 11-30, we're gathering up your ideas: from improving local parks and streets all the way up to rethinking whole systems, like transit and trash disposal. You can explore, discuss, and debate everyone's ideas right here.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Brendan Crain of the Institute for Urban Design says: "We're going to use the public's suggestions as the basis for an international design competition this May, and would love to gather ideas from some of the folks who may participate in that next phase.... Final push for site nominations this week!"</p>