Archinect - News 2016-02-09T13:00:54-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/146118787/to-better-predict-sea-level-rise-scientists-resort-to-crowdsourcing-and-ask-drone-owners-to-help-create-data To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T14:24:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:08:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/q1/q1efu2z8lcfk91rp.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using drones for aerial photography has been a source of controversy for several years now. But amid increasing concerns over privacy and safety, some conservation scientists are hoping drone owners will help them to document sea level rise. With an expected increase in storm activity in the Pacific Ocean this winter, scientists believe they are getting a glimpse of the impacts of climate change on coastlines.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see an interactive example of a&nbsp;DroneDeploy-stitched high-resolution map, click <a href="https://www.dronedeploy.com/app/viewer?lng=-118.936144153&amp;lat=34.044211625&amp;zoom=17.0&amp;token=eyJhbGciOiJIUzUxMiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJ0eXBlIjoiUHVibGljVmlld2VyIiwiaWQiOiI1Njk5NDU1NTE2MWJlMjAwMGFlZjQxOTEiLCJleHAiOjI1MzQwMjMwMDc5OX0.TFovFDGOncH_M3p_R4-KIRxuhin-6mQL49sCJ9jzkng072hd5BVMGwpq1AWSHbqSzUIZmyOJd6xjNvPEd_WPbw&amp;view=569a74e2dd322724233846ac" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143994632/license-and-registration-please-new-faa-regulations-mandate-drone-registration" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">License and registration, please: new FAA regulations mandate drone registration</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135672288/construction-update-more-unofficial-drone-footage-of-apple-s-spaceship-campus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction update: More (unofficial) drone footage of Apple's spaceship campus</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145501201/mit-researchers-have-created-a-new-material-that-stores-and-releases-solar-energy MIT researchers have created a new material that stores and releases solar energy Alexander Walter 2016-01-11T13:53:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T02:32:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/59/59a36227f372036ed225d3b9e89f66b0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to a team of researchers at MIT, both scenarios may be possible before long, thanks to a new material that can store solar energy during the day and release it later as heat, whenever it&rsquo;s needed. This transparent polymer film could be applied to many different surfaces, such as window glass or clothing. [...] the new finding could provide a highly efficient method for storing the sun&rsquo;s energy through a chemical reaction and releasing it later as heat.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139027144/mit-s-new-kinetic-blocks-enhances-ability-to-build-using-microsoft-kinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's new "Kinetic Blocks" enhances ability to build using Microsoft Kinect</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135648127/mit-presents-3d-printer-that-can-print-10-materials-simultaneously-without-breaking-the-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT presents 3D printer that can print 10 materials simultaneously without breaking the bank</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142833231/zoom-in-zoom-out-hashim-sarkis-dean-of-mit-s-school-of-architecture-planning-on-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-5" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zoom In, Zoom Out: Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT's School of Architecture + Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One #5</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/144576879/forget-it-jake-it-s-antarctica-nations-jostle-to-establish-influence-at-the-world-s-end Forget it, Jake, it's Antarctica: nations jostle to establish influence at the world's end Julia Ingalls 2015-12-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:47:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/73rhasvtmav56apd.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining. But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Water, oil, krill: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/86840199/ice-lab-new-architecture-and-science-in-antarctica" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Antarctica</a> isn't just an ice-locked science station any longer, but a giant potential resource center hotly pursued by several strategic-thinking nations. Is the pursuit of scientific inquiry being stripped away in favor of the extraction of raw materials? Um, it would appear so, at least according to this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/12/29/world/countries-rush-for-upper-hand-antarctica.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Magazine&amp;module=MostPopularFB&amp;version=Full&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;src=me&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York Times article</a> which predicts changes in the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136882061/a-world-divided-mapping-border-fences-globally" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Europe</a>-plus-sized continent's status: "The treaty banning mining here, shielding coveted reserves of iron ore, coal and chromium, is expected to come up for review by 2048 and could be challenged before then."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1t/1thlv8uhw9xxuufs.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/143668960/pyongyang-speed-north-korea-miraculously-cranks-out-massive-residential-development-for-scientists-in-only-one-year ‘Pyongyang Speed:’ North Korea miraculously cranks out massive residential development for scientists in only one year Alexander Walter 2015-12-18T13:46:00-05:00 >2015-12-18T14:47:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nf/nfdgi6432lubh97h.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea held a ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate Mirae Scientists Street, the residential sector dedicated for scientists or engineers of North Korea. Mirae (&ldquo;Future&rdquo;) Scientists Street, located in the center of Pyongyang, directly next to Pyongyang Station adjacent to the Taedong River, is nearing completion. [...] Wednesday&rsquo;s report emphasized the term &ldquo;Pyongyang Speed,&rdquo; the idea that North Korean workers can produce miraculously fast construction speeds.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"KCNA reports revealed that one of the buildings is 53 floors high, designed with an artistic exterior and guided under Kim Jong Un&rsquo;s orders. The street also had a kindergarten, daycare center, school, stores, sports park and more, according to KCNA."</em></p><p>h/t <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/News/GlobalTallNews/tabid/4810/Article/3451/Pyongyang-s-Scientists-Street-Featuring-a-53-story-High-Rise-Completes-in-Under.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CTBUH</a></p><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140342648/pyongyang-s-inner-wes-anderson-shines-through-in-its-architecture-then-and-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyongyang's inner Wes Anderson shines through in its architecture, then and now</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136651392/pyonghattan-water-parks-north-korea-s-new-architectural-ambitions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pyonghattan &amp; water parks: North Korea's new architectural ambitions</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130715505/north-korean-architect-of-new-pyongyang-airport-reportedly-executed-by-kim-jong-un" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/141816507/scientists-create-first-detailed-map-of-earth-s-hidden-groundwater Scientists create first detailed map of Earth's hidden groundwater Alexander Walter 2015-11-24T12:07:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T00:00:25-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/97/97bced4220b499f9b5b546b94b8608df.jpg" width="514" height="232" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new study has, for the first time, estimated the total volume of groundwater present on the Earth. The results show that we're using up the water supply quicker than it can be naturally replaced, while future research will seek to determine exactly how long it will be until modern groundwater runs dry. Groundwater is an extremely precious resource, being a key source of sustenance for humanity and the ecosystems we inhabit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>(Ground)water-related articles on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136743068/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-pragmatic-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Pragmatic" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/136742264/and-the-winners-of-archinect-s-dry-futures-competition-speculative-category-are" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">And the winners of Archinect's Dry Futures competition, "Speculative" category, are...</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135055228/how-is-water-used-in-california" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How is water used in California?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105400014/world-faces-water-crisis-in-less-than-30-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Faces Water Crisis in Less Than 30 Years</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/43735421/chinese-cities-are-sinking-due-to-excess-groundwater-use-and-rapid-growth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese Cities Are Sinking Due to Excess Groundwater Use and Rapid Growth</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135341282/why-hypoallergenic-landscaping-needs-more-priority-in-urban-planning Why hypoallergenic landscaping needs more priority in urban planning Justine Testado 2015-08-28T13:50:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T13:50:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nc/nccqugmcum2nxuhi.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Botany professor Paloma Cari&ntilde;anos] found it surprising that the design of these green spaces thought about landscaping, climate, and fashion criteria, but didn't think about pollen problems. [She] says that in the future, urban green spaces 'will become 'comfort islands' inside 'urban heat islands.''...Cari&ntilde;anos and her team stress that their research is a tool for planning and prevention. They hope that other cities will be able to use their methods to prevent high allergen levels.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can read more of Cari&ntilde;anos' team's research in the <a href="https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/jeq/abstracts/0/0/jeq2015.02.0075" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Environmental Quality</em></a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127173703/welcome-to-the-jungle-sou-fujimoto-lectures-on-applying-natural-infrastructure-to-urban-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to the jungle: Sou Fujimoto lectures on applying natural infrastructure to urban design</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Delhi&rsquo;s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122679179/kkt-architects-envision-tornado-shaped-tower-for-downtown-tulsa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KKT architects envision tornado-shaped tower for downtown Tulsa</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health It's official: trees are good for your health Alexander Walter 2015-07-10T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T15:08:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fb/fb9bpg4yytp9pqt2.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a new&nbsp;paper published Thursday, a team of researchers present a compelling case for why urban neighborhoods filled with trees are better for your physical health. [...] they found that &ldquo;having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighborhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We focused on a large urban population center (Toronto, Canada) and related the two domains by combining high-resolution satellite imagery and individual tree data from Toronto with questionnaire-based self-reports of general health perception, cardio-metabolic conditions and mental illnesses from the Ontario Health Study," reads the abstract of the newly published report led by Omid Kardan. The study goes on to say: "Results from multiple regressions and multivariate canonical correlation analyses suggest that people who live in neighborhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets report significantly higher health perception and significantly less cardio-metabolic conditions (controlling for socio-economic and demographic factors)."</p><p>To read the full report, click <a href="http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150709/srep11610/full/srep11610.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130483588/hawaii-protesters-block-construction-of-giant-telescope-on-sacred-mountain-mauna-kea Hawaii protesters block construction of giant telescope on sacred mountain Mauna Kea Alexander Walter 2015-06-26T13:02:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:58:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/44/44ys97bokkvjrhcm.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Builders pulled back from Mauna Kea as hundreds of protesters set up roadblocks to oppose construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on top of Hawaii&rsquo;s sacred mountain. State and local police arrested a dozen demonstrators.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Protesters say they are taking a stand to defend Mauna Kea, sacred to native Hawaiians, from the international conglomerate attempting to build the mega-telescope, also known as the TMT. They say the 18-story building represents an unacceptable desecration of the mountain."</em></p><p>The Thirty Meter Telescope, or TMT, was designed to be one of the largest telescopes in existence&nbsp;&mdash; at a price tag of $1.5 billion USD.</p><p>Previously on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124832287/the-1-5b-30m-telescope-tmt-will-be-the-biggest-ever" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The $1.5B 30m telescope (TMT) will be the biggest ever</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/130270609/human-organ-mimicking-microchip-wins-designs-of-the-year-award-2015 Human organ-mimicking microchip wins Designs of the Year Award 2015 Justine Testado 2015-06-23T19:18:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:14:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8z/8zdel8pjhkfq16xa.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A microdevice called Human Organs-on-Chips is engineered with the astounding ability to mimic the complex structures, functions, and mechanical motions of whole human organs. Fabricated by scientists Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University's Wyss Institute, Human Organs-on-Chips was announced today as the 2015 <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/233930/designs-of-the-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designs of the Year Award</a> winner in the <a href="http://designmuseum.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Museum</a>'s popular international competition.</p><p>The annual contest shows off an entertaining categorized mix of thoughtful designs whose creators range from global-brand giants to emerging entrepreneurs. Needless to say, competition is tough year after year. In 2014, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103107452/zaha-hadid-wins-the-design-museum-s-designs-of-the-year-award-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center</a> in Baku, Azerbaijan snatched the winning title.</p><p>The 2015 edition started out with <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/design_museums_designs_of_the_year_2015_nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">76 nominated Designs-of-the-Year hopefuls</a> across six categories: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121215975/get-a-glimpse-of-the-designs-of-the-year-2015-architecture-nominees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture</a>, Digital, Fashion, Graphic, Product and Transport. (The Furniture category in previous editions appears to have been omitted.) Last month, the jury then selected the ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/120371103/scientists-create-new-and-cheap-aluminum-iron-alloy Scientists Create New (and Cheap!) Aluminum-Iron Alloy Nicholas Korody 2015-02-09T19:55:00-05:00 >2015-02-11T10:59:45-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffkw6x2gyz3wk3es.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>By manipulating the structure of steel on a nanometre scale, [Hansoo Kim and his colleagues at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea] (have) produced a material which has the strength and the lightness of titanium alloys but will, when produced at scale, cost a tenth as much.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new, potentially-revolutionary alloy utilizes nickel, in addition to aluminum and iron, to create a metal that is as strong as steel but much lighter and cheaper. The scientists created the alloy using nanotechnology to manipulate the structure of steel on a minute level.</p><p>Noting the decrease in steel-usage over the last decade, the scientists hope the new alloy could fill that market, potentially being used for cars as well as even aircrafts. Any ideas on how a lightweight, strong and cheap steel could be utilized architecturally?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116360308/berkeley-researchers-solve-the-mystery-of-the-ultra-strong-and-durable-ancient-roman-concrete Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:48:08-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ha/ha84t3ys87i9u39s.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/113343110/the-brain-on-architecture The Brain on Architecture Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T13:47:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:09:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/01050572aa867aebe87f506e5cc74624.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through &ldquo;architectural aesthetics&rdquo; are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that &ldquo;architectural design matters.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112438408/2014-one-prize-smart-dock-results-reveal-two-first-prize-winners 2014 ONE Prize “Smart Dock” results reveal two first-prize winners Justine Testado 2014-10-29T21:00:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T15:21:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f9/f9yl5ehuv1qihgyf.jpg" width="514" height="250" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Interestingly enough, the ONE Prize "Smart Dock" competition has two 1st prize winners for 2014. Organized by Terreform ONE, this year's theme had participants propose a new design and science educational facility for the renovated Building 128 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The program of the collaborative educational facility will also include a public outreach center for socio-ecological design as well as spaces for lectures, events, and design studios for about 30 graduate students.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of 92 teams from 22 countries, the jury&nbsp;&mdash; chaired by Christian Hubert of Christian Hubert Studio and Chair of Terreform ONE&nbsp;&mdash; awarded two 1st prize winners, one 3rd prize winner, and one honorable mention.</p><p><strong>1st Prize ($3500): <em>THE LUCENT CUBE</em></strong><br>By &ldquo;CAD monkeys" - Yun Wan, Silvia Lopes, Balazs Fekete | London, UK</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cw/cwskrnk6uf1ct51y.jpg"></p><p><strong>1st PRIZE ($3500): <em>SELF GROWING LAB</em></strong><br>By Diaz Paunetto Arquitectos, PSC: Victor Diaz, Ariel Santiago, Carlos Garcia, Danniely Staback, Nestor Lebron | San Juan, Puerto Rico.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ckj5j5mukz5du3x8.jpg"></p><p><strong>3rd PRIZE ($1000): <em>COL-LAB</em></strong><br>By DDEC: Jaehun Woo, Youra Cho, Sang Hoon Park | Seoul, South Korea.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqodwg25b5xt3rqf.jpg"></p><p><strong>Honorable Mention: <em>SKOOL HAUS</em></strong><br>By Nikole Bouchard - Nikole Bouchard, Vanessa Moon | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bl/bl9ize8dcdkf9r9h.jpg"></p><p>Head over to <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/a_first-prize_tie_in_the_2014_one_prize_smart_dock_results/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for more details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111876186/what-makes-a-building-sacred What makes a building sacred? Alexander Walter 2014-10-22T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:08:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f2/f283e8b12d8ffc800f56189e3ec91aab.jpg" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The new science of neuroaesthetics [...] tells us much about the way pure form is dealt with by the brain. [...] V S Ramachandran, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and William Hirstein, a philosopher at Elmhurst College in Illinois, argue that we are innately attuned to recognise things as unified objects &ndash; such that we find brushstrokes or architectural features that can be mentally assembled into a coherent whole more beautiful.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related Archinect Feature: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/111205340/aftershock-4-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-neuroscientific-architecture-research" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AfterShock #4: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neuroscientific Architecture Research</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/109118485/can-cloud-seeding-clear-singapore-s-skies Can cloud-seeding clear Singapore's skies? Nicholas Korody 2014-09-17T12:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-24T19:07:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9r/9rl6kdo3fooai3yi.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Indonesia is preparing cloud-seeding operations in an effort to combat a haze of air pollution blanketing neighbouring Singapore. Pollution levels were "moderate" levels on Tuesday morning, according to the pollution standard index, a day after hitting "unhealthy" levels. The worst affected parts of the island are in the west and closest to Indonesia. The haze has become an annual event in this part of Southeast Asia, as farmers illegally burn forest or plantation areas to clear land.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107496087/recently-discovered-underwater-methane-leaks-contribute-to-global-warming Recently-Discovered Underwater Methane Leaks Contribute to Global Warming Nicholas Korody 2014-08-26T18:30:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T19:16:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n2/n2aku23qhfbpyi4y.jpg" width="514" height="324" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists have recently discovered deep deposits of a powerful warming gas leaking into the ocean from previously hidden vents just off North America's East Coast, kicking up underwater carbon dioxide levels [...] Most of the vents are located about 1,600 feet down, the perfect spot for the ocean's temperature and water pressure to combine and create an oozing mix of ice and methane gas, a powerful substance with an impact on global warming that's 20 times more damaging than that of [CO2].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105248978/what-urban-physics-could-tell-us-about-how-cities-work What ‘urban physics’ could tell us about how cities work Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:43:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/77/771104930d61d39d18360c36f9ade9e3.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What does a city look like? If you&rsquo;re walking down the street, perhaps it looks like people and storefronts. Viewed from higher up, patterns begin to emerge: A three-dimensional grid of buildings divided by alleys, streets, and sidewalks, nearly flat in some places and scraping the sky in others. Pull back far enough, and the city starts to look like something else entirely: a cluster of molecules. At least, that&rsquo;s what it looks like to Franz-Josef Ulm, an engineering professor [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103115489/temple-university-physicist-proposes-three-1-000-foot-walls-to-tornado-proof-midwest Temple University Physicist proposes three 1,000-foot walls to tornado-proof Midwest Archinect 2014-06-30T20:31:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T18:17:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8aedd30802abc02ef93b4f71939ea30.jpg" width="514" height="1160" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a paper he recently published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B, Tao points to two regions of China... that have a similar geographic location as the Midwest&mdash;but far fewer tornadoes. The difference, he says, is that China's plains are surrounded by three east-west mountain ranges, which slow down passing winds enough to prevent tornados from forming. Tao, then, is essentially suggesting we build mountain range-sized walls across Tornado Alley...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102799938/scientists-develop-technique-to-improve-flexible-conductive-transparent-glass Scientists Develop Technique to Improve Flexible, Conductive, Transparent Glass Nicholas Korody 2014-06-26T19:01:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T09:23:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/81bbhq10dkjfbon0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new technique developed by a Binghamton University physicist and his colleagues will improve the quality of flexible, conductive, transparent glass. (The sort that's needed for Minority Report-style giant computer displays.)[...] Creating a more reliable production process for a-IGZO will save electronics manufacturers money. It could also reduce energy use, as a fully transparent display can take advantage of ambient light and does not require as much backlighting.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Advances in technologies such as this one will enable glass to go beyond transparency and become screens, with the potential to radically change architecture and urbanism. A future in which windows, doors, and even walls could stream movies or display art is fast approaching.&nbsp;LED and LCD screens have already become ubiquitous in many cities for advertising. And in Beijing, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540955/Beijing-clouded-smog-way-sunrise-watch-giant-commercial-screens-Tiananmen-Square.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">screens are being used to display sunrises because air pollution is so bad that the skies are almost perpetually gray</a> &ndash; a reminder that cool technology doesn't alone make a for a sci-fi utopia.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/99659979/when-does-the-architecture-begin When does the architecture begin? Archinect 2014-05-12T17:57:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:02:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/t4/t4pm2b6pae7tqb7y.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>MIT Prof. Mark Jarzombek on the notion of primitive, the worldwide evolution of the housing, and the fate of the native populations in the modern environment When does the architecture begin? How the pit house can explain the global migrations and links between the Navahos and first men in Europe? MIT Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture Mark Jarzombek clarifies the essence of the problem.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99358367/the-quest-to-measure-the-brain-s-response-to-urban-design The Quest to Measure the Brain's Response to Urban Design Archinect 2014-05-07T12:13:00-04:00 >2014-05-08T14:55:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4c8534a5bb6891427e87484f0e5bcbb.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We were participating in a little experiment trying to answer the question, &ldquo;How does the brain respond to the city?&rdquo; The headsets were recording second-by-second readings of our brain waves via Bluetooth to an app on the iPod. The resulting gigabyte of data, gathered from about 50 participants, will be aggregated into a visualization to be presented May 13 at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. It&rsquo;s part of the Van Alen Institute&rsquo;s multiyear &ldquo;Elsewhere: Escape and the Urban Landscape&rdquo; project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/93024131/form-culture-and-scientific-diversity Form, culture and scientific diversity kostatoskovic 2014-02-07T00:19:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:19:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/07fjs0vwiab057id.jpg" width="514" height="471" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today&rsquo;s technology is rooted in the work of Sir Isaac Newton. Contemporary physics&rsquo; paradox in resolving the difference between magnetism and electricity implies multiple truths and we wonder what drove Newton&rsquo;s work and what drove Einstein&rsquo;s?</p></em><br /><br /><p>I discuss how paradox, uncertainty, and static historical context in physics justifying technology informs the form follows function of material mission of the modernists. How do alternate sciences and cultures inform the relationship between architecture, form, technology, and person?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82129774/how-the-spaces-around-us-dictate-our-health How the spaces around us dictate our health Archinect 2013-09-18T11:38:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T20:41:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3eec3479c7bbb1fecbb8f8b676bde7bd.jpg" width="296" height="586" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Well-designed places can promote health, and design professionals can create them. Health depends... on wholesome places, not just for individuals, but across entire communities, and health professionals can recognize and support them. Accordingly, two worlds need to come together: the world of design, in which architects, planners and their colleagues create places; and the world of health, in which doctors, public-health officials and their colleagues fight injury, illness and disability.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Howard Frumkin, dean of University of Washington&rsquo;s School of Public Health, and Daniel Friedman, Ph.D., architect and former dean of the UW College of Built Environments, discuss the importance of architects and health specialists working together to create healthier spaces.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/76600239/the-real-reason-cities-are-centers-of-innovation The Real Reason Cities Are Centers of Innovation Archinect 2013-07-08T15:22:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T21:21:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7e/7e5462fc3e7abb94180c247dbf573527.jpg" width="500" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pan and several colleagues argue that the underlying force that drives super-linear productivity in cities is the density with which we're able to form social ties. The larger your city, in other words, the more people you&rsquo;re likely to come into contact with. "If you think about productivity, it&rsquo;s all about ideas, information flows, how easily you can access ideas and opportunities," Pan says. "We believe that the interaction mechanism is what drives the productivity of the city."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/75452113/ancient-roman-concrete-is-about-to-revolutionize-modern-architecture Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture Archinect 2013-06-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T08:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8fce5577ffdd76ff26acb1eb53d08c2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world&rsquo;s most durable man-made creations ever&mdash;Roman concrete&mdash;has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/71435066/henning-larsen-architects-releases-new-european-spallation-source-ess-video Henning Larsen Architects Releases New European Spallation Source (ESS) Video Alexander Walter 2013-04-17T20:15:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T18:57:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/12/129a37056a5865fef51ce1272d8c9683.jpg" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Earlier this year in February, we reported that the architectual team Henning Larsen Architects + COBE + SLA had won the design competition for the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden&mdash;soon to become the world&rsquo;s largest and most advanced facility for neutron-based research. The architects have now released a video which provides insight on the ESS project, building, and surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The competition team also includes the engineering partners Buro Happold, NNE Pharmaplan, and Transsolar.</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68525528/henning-larsen-architects-cobe-and-sla-to-design-european-spallation-source-ess" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects, COBE and SLA to Design European Spallation Source (ESS)</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/70587978/danforth-w-toan-the-architect-aboard-the-space-station-45-years-ago Danforth W. Toan - the architect aboard the space station 45 years ago Archinect 2013-04-03T16:51:00-04:00 >2013-04-08T18:52:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3d/3deacb42b4649512f30cfa70ab65db04.jpg" width="480" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1967, his architectural firm, Warner Burns Toan Lunde of 724 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, won a contract to advise the Grumman Corporation of Bethpage, N.Y., for what would eventually be Grumman&rsquo;s bid to construct an orbiting space station. Mr. Toan worked on the project for the next 20 years, until Grumman was bypassed as a prime contractor by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/68525528/henning-larsen-architects-cobe-and-sla-to-design-european-spallation-source-ess Henning Larsen Architects, COBE and SLA to Design European Spallation Source (ESS) Alexander Walter 2013-02-28T14:17:00-05:00 >2013-04-17T20:23:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s1/s16aldufefps2g4g.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the international design competition for the European Spallation Source (ESS), in Lund, Sweden the architectual team consisting of Henning Larsen Architects, COBE, and SLA has emerged victoriously. The team also includes the engineering partners Buro Happold, NNE Pharmaplan, and Transsolar. [...] ESS will become the world's largest and most advanced facility for neutron-based research.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The winning proposal beat out tough competition from international design heavy hitters like Foster + Partners, BIG, HOK, or Mecanoo.</em></p> <p> <strong>Update:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71435066/henning-larsen-architects-releases-new-european-spallation-source-ess-video" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Henning Larsen Architects Releases New European Spallation Source (ESS) Video</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/67000164/inside-three-vast-halls Inside three vast halls Nam Henderson 2013-02-06T11:27:00-05:00 >2013-02-06T12:59:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ot/oty4n91omla1c5na.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As dark matter particles steam through the detector, scientists hope that a few will collide with the argon atoms. This will generate two flashes of light - one in the liquid argon and another in the gas - which will be detected by the receptors.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/65714000/jpg/_65714169_dark_matter_624.jpg"></p> <p> Rebecca Morelle visits the Gran Sasso National Laboratory a man-made cavern, deep beneath a mountain, designed by scientists hoping to shed light on one of the most mysterious substances in our Universe - dark matter. Physicists are hoping to detect WIMPS (Weakly Interacting Massive Particles).</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/66916390/the-world-s-greatest-buildings-provide-a-window-on-great-math-and-great-design The world's greatest buildings provide a window on great math and great design Archinect 2013-02-04T17:56:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:40:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4a35d76debd1ee19c989e54533bd48e.jpg" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Roof structures of this size and complexity cannot be built without an explicit geometry that can be expressed mathematically. Without such a mathematical model, it is not possible to calculate the loads, stresses, and rotational forces to which the vaults will be subjected and to estimate the impact of wind and temperature changes on their stability. Parabolas and ellipses were Utzon's first choices for the profiles of the vaults, but neither provided a buildable option.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>