Archinect - News 2015-11-29T07:33:44-05:00 ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveils a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijn, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015 Justine Testado 2015-10-18T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:11:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun beat down onto the asphalt grounds of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, where a village of 14 solar-powered houses popped up for the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>. Multi-disciplinary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">teams of college students</a> worldwide dedicate two years to designing and planning their institution&rsquo;s house, then spend just nine days assembling them from scratch in Irvine.&nbsp;Then, the competition begins.</p><p>Teams are tasked with constructing the house that best blends affordability and consumer appeal, and demonstrates optimal energy production and efficiency. The houses are evaluated in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 contests</a>&nbsp;based on merits of performance and livability. The team who scores the most out of a maximum 1,000 points is crowned the overall winner. Held biennially, the Decathlon attracts ambitious students who want to push the boundaries of the future of sustainable technology and housing, while honing their technical skills and toughening their skin for their forthcoming careers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>"S...</em></p> How Chile’s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties Alexander Walter 2015-09-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T17:39:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wednesday night&rsquo;s 8.3-magnitude earthquake had left 11 dead and a 175 houses damaged. While the toll wasn&rsquo;t negligible, the quake &mdash; the world&rsquo;s strongest this year &mdash; might have leveled less-prepared countries. &ldquo;Our structural engineering is world class,&rdquo; Santos, a 62-year-old engineer at the firm Ingener&iacute;a Estructuras Consultor&iacute;a, said by phone. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s made in Chile.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system</a></li></ul> ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months Justine Testado 2015-07-31T15:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T13:33:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>'s MULTI elevator test tower is happening, indeed&nbsp;&mdash; and at a seemingly impressive rate. Less than 10 months after starting construction, the currently 232-meter structure in the German city of Rottweil recently celebrated its topping out. ThyssenKrupp is aiming to have the tower fully built and go into operation by the end of 2016. Once complete, the company will begin testing the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system, which they <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled late last year</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>ThyssenKrupp credits the tower's smooth construction progress through the use of "an innovative slipforming technique&nbsp;&mdash; all on time and on budget", and they obviously won't be slowing down anytime soon. The final glass story and the top of the elevator shafts will be added to the tower over the next two weeks, bringing the structure up to 244 meters. The tower will then reach its 246 height when the facade is complete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Interior work for the tower is scheduled for mid-August. Building services and elevator e...</p> Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat Alexander Walter 2015-07-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:37:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completed in March of 2014, Kusukusu [...] is a marvelous feat of architecture, engineering and technology. Working with Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects, the team came in and 3D-scanned hundreds of points on the tree. Based on that 3D data they then created a steel trellis that threaded through the tree, interlocking perfectly [...]. What&rsquo;s amazing is that the treehouse in its entirety, never touches the tree. It&rsquo;s completely self-standing so as to not harm the tree.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the stunner of a treehouse in Atami, Japan designed by master treehouse builder&nbsp;Takashi Kobayashi in collaboration with&nbsp;NAP Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spoon &amp; Tamago</a>.</p><p><em>Photos by Koji Fujii/Nacasa &amp; Partners Inc.&nbsp;</em></p><p>In other tree-hugging news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul> Walkie Talkie Tower summons the elements again — this time it's wind! Alexander Walter 2015-07-09T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-07-09T18:09:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The City of London Corporation has promised a more "rigorous" assessment of developers' predictions of ground winds, following complaints about strong gusts outside the 20 Fenchurch Street Building, better known as the Walkie Talkie. "I almost got blown over the other day walking up past the building," a sales assistant working nearby said earlier this year. "When I got around the corner it was fine. I was scared to go back."</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's not the tower's first run-in with the laws of physics:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li></ul> Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers Justine Testado 2015-06-16T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T14:55:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>University students and engineers now have a chance to contribute to the ongoing development of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>'s and SpaceX's high-speed ground transit system, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Hyperloop</a>. As SpaceX works toward constructing a one-mile test track near their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, they launched a design-build competition open to university students and independent engineering teams to propose their own Hyperloop human-scale transit pod. Entrants will then be able to operate their pods on the test track during Competition Weekend, currently scheduled for June 2016. And in case you were wondering, no riders will be inside any of the pods during testing.</p><p>SpaceX launched the competition in effort to accelerate the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype and, as always, to foster and promote student innovation. In the current design guidelines, entrants will have to address the pod's essential technical design features including navigation sensors, ground-operator communication, and v...</p> What's causing the Bay Bridge's steel to corrode so rapidly? Alexander Walter 2015-06-15T14:45:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T17:33:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This relatively low-tech method is among a battery of tests that materials scientists are using to determine why several anchor rods securing the newest portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the region&rsquo;s busiest, failed their earthquake inspections. The first alarms sounded in 2013, when seismic tests found 32 faulty rods. They&rsquo;d been sitting in a large pool of water, corroding.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Lapse of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction</a></li></ul> First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T15:01:00-04:00 >2015-06-04T22:34:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A vibration control device to dramatically reduce shaking caused by long-period earthquake ground motion &mdash; a phenomenon in which major earthquakes shake skyscrapers slowly but severely &mdash; was shown to the media on Monday after being installed in a 55-story building in central Tokyo. [...] The companies said it is the nation&rsquo;s first rooftop vibration control device against earthquakes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal? Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T15:04:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:37:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most buildings in the country today use the minimum structural safety standards that the government has prescribed, say building safety experts and structural engineers. "Our codes offer the lowest level of earthquake safety protection. We are designing for one-fifth the intensity that might hit a particular earthquake zone," says Sangeeta Waj, technical director at global design firm AECOM. Experts however point out that there is no separate code in India for high rise buildings.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Urban Omnibus investigates "the tragic poetry of building codes" Alexander Walter 2015-03-25T14:28:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:36:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From time to time, our Omnibus columnists check in to provide commentary on issues of design, policy, and history and their impact on the life and form of the city today. Stephen Rustow&rsquo;s first column scaled the heights of New York&rsquo;s skyscrapers to consider &ldquo;The Privatization of Prospect.&rdquo; Here, in his second installment, Rustow looks at three intangible&nbsp;forces that greatly influence the shape of our built environment: zoning, finance, and the building code.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T11:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:33:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Over a hundred years ago, the first ships passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Panama Canal. One of the greatest engineering feats ever, the Panama Canal is entering a new stage in its history in order to stave off the threat of obsolescence presented by &ldquo;post-Panamax&rdquo; ships, or vessels larger than the size constraints of the Canal. An engaging episode of the History Channel&rsquo;s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Modern Marvels </em></a>series, &nbsp;&ldquo;Panama Canal Supersized&rdquo; documents the herculean efforts of engineers and thousands of workers to construct a new passage through the Americas that will radically change the global economy.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the original Panama Canal</a> took over a decade to complete. Since the early 16th century, there were several attempts to cut through the American continent in order to facilitate faster trade, eventually leading to a failed effort by the French in the late 19th century. The United States p...</p> Make Architects founder accuses architects of taking credit for engineers' work Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-24T14:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:18:31-05:00 <img src="" width="319" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&lsquo;You [engineers] need to tell the architects, when they try to call the shots, to sod off.&rsquo; [...] &lsquo;Celebrity architects &ndash; or as they are known in the business starchitects &ndash; have taken over with their dazzling shirts, their big watches, and their big pointy shiny erections. [...] This is the new age of the engineer. This is your time &ndash; your moment in the limelight. Never has there been a moment where people are so aware of how fragile the planet is.'</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016 Justine Testado 2014-12-01T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T18:17:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many of us who have ridden inside an elevator since its invention 160 years ago are accustomed to hearing its ominous hums and creaks, as well as stories of malfunctioning elevators that cause people to be stuck inside for hours. So, the idea of hopping into a cable-free elevator in a mid to high-rise building can sound both thrilling and nerve-wracking. That idea is soon to become a reality for global transportation manufacturer <a href=";L=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, who is set out to test the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system once the testing tower in Rottweil, Germany is complete by the end of 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>MULTI's design is derived from the company's TWIN control system and safety features. Deemed as the world's first cable-free elevator, MULTI includes a multi-level brake system and multiple self-propelled cabins that can be incorporated within the same elevator shaft.</p><p>Operating on a circular system, the elevators will be able to move vertically and horizontally in a loop at a speed of 5 m/s,...</p> The Glass Lantern at Apple Store Istanbul wins top prize in Structural Awards 2014 Justine Testado 2014-11-17T18:14:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T20:00:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From skyscrapers and bridges to residential and heritage projects, the annual Structural Awards recognize the best in structural engineering excellence and the significant role that structural engineers worldwide serve. Out of this year's shortlist, 12 projects were awarded at the award ceremony in London. Winning the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence went to The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few more of this year's winners:</p><p>Above:<strong> Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and </strong><strong>Award for Commercial or Retail Structures: The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store</strong><br>Location: Istanbul, Turkey<br>Structural designer:&nbsp;Eckersley O&rsquo;Callaghan</p><p><strong>Award for Highway or Railway Bridge Structures: Elbebridge Sch&ouml;nebeck</strong><br>Location: Sch&ouml;nebeck, Germany<br>Structural Designer: Leonhardt, Andr&auml; und Partner</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Award for Community or Residential Structures: Kew House</strong><br>Location: London, UK<br>Structural Designer: Price &amp; Myers</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Award for Small Practices: Lower Hatea River Crossing</strong><br>Location: Whangarei, New Zealand<br>Structural Designer: Knight Architects / Peters &amp; Cheung</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Award for Small Projects: The Miles Stair &ndash; Somerset House</strong><br>Location: London, UK<br>Structural Designer: Techniker</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Find more of the winning projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p><p>Previously: <a title="Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced</a><br><a title="Winners of the Structural Awards 2013" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Structural Awards 2013</a></p> “Contour Crafting” 3D-print constructor wins NASA Tech Briefs’ Create the Future Design Contest 2014 Justine Testado 2014-10-07T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T22:16:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Robotic Building Construction by Contour Crafting" by educator Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California was named the grand prize winner of the Create the Future Design Contest for 2014. Launched in 2002 by the NASA Tech Briefs magazine publishers, the contest was created to encourage and honor innovation from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Contour Crafting (CC) has received attention for its ability to 3D-print complete large-scale structures. In reducing time and cost of construction, CC could also be another potential solution for, say, reliable emergency housing in a post-disaster situation or even <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building structures on the Moon</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about "Contour Crafting" on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>See the project in action in the video below.</p> Solar energy that doesn't block the view Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:09:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami Justine Testado 2014-08-08T17:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While still experimental, engineering techniques drawn from origami promise the development of pop-up devices that could assemble themselves from flat, composite materials cheaply and efficiently, the [Harvard and MIT] researchers said. Potential applications range from self-assembling satellites to shape-shifting robots that could be used in search-and-rescue missions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Researchers at Harvard University and MIT have engineered a self-assembling paper robot inspired by the Japanese paper-folding artform origami. Since the journal <em>Science</em> published the report yesterday, the bots have been widely described as the "world's first Transformer."</p><p>On that note, paper bots...roll out!<br>&nbsp;</p> Engineers Develop No-power WiFi Connections Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T19:35:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...University of Washington engineers have designed a new communication system that uses radio frequency signals as a power source and reuses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure to provide Internet connectivity to these devices. Called Wi-Fi backscatter, this technology is the first that can connect battery-free devices to Wi-Fi infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced Justine Testado 2014-08-01T17:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:08:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="770" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. The Institution of Structural Engineers revealed the 2014 shortlist for their annual Structural Awards today. The awards recognize achievement, innovation, and excellence in the field of structural engineering in addition to promoting its significant role in the creation of inventive design solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the shortlisted projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Modern soccer wouldn't be the same without an architect's invention Archinect 2014-06-16T16:00:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:03:07-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the ball most commonly seen today was first designed in the 1960s by architect Richard Buckminster Fuller, whose forte was designing buildings using minimal materials. Previously, leather soccer balls consisted of 18 sections stitched together: six panels of three strips apiece. The soccer ball Fuller designed stitched together 20 hexagons with 12 pentagons for a total of 32 panels. Its official shape is a spherical polyhedron, but the design was nicknamed the &ldquo;buckyball.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How Holland can help fight floods around the world Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-11-17T19:32:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s initiatives such as this that have, in recent years, given the water engineers of Holland their almost mythical status amongst flood defenders the world over. After Hurricane Sandy hit New York, in 2012, the $20 billion protection plan that was subsequently instituted built upon principles that were pioneered by the Dutch. Officials from as far away as China, Vietnam, Thailand and Bangladesh are currently consulting Dutch experts.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-25T19:32:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T17:12:46-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Forty-seven miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could have their flow reversed this summer to bring water to dry Central California districts with dangerously low supplies, reports KQED. As this megadrought's persisted and worsened, it's come to light that many water districts, especially the smaller ones, haven't had the chance (read: the money) to stockpile water as we do here in SoCal.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p><em>Have an idea for how to address the drought with design? Submit your ideas to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures competition</a>!</em></p> A Plan to Build Skyscrapers That Barely Touch the Ground Alexander Walter 2014-03-27T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-04-02T11:17:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="538" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Caissons are a technology borrowed from bridge building, and they are what makes this project possible. The engineers will drill them anywhere from 40 to 80 feet into the Manhattan schist (the dense, metamorphic bedrock that supports the city&rsquo;s soaring skyline). The caissons are meticulously arranged in the narrow spaces between the tracks. Above, the they will connect to deep-girdle trusses &ndash; some up to 8 stories tall &ndash; that control and redirect the towering weight overhead. Finally, the slab.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> First major Guastavino exhibition opening at MCNY on March 26 Justine Testado 2014-03-25T14:05:00-04:00 >2014-03-31T20:31:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="253" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The upcoming "Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile" exhibition&nbsp;will showcase&nbsp;the works of Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino and his son Rafael Jr. that helped shape the architectural identity of New York City.&nbsp;</p><p>Opening at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of the City of New York</a> on March 26, the exhibition will share the story of the Guastavinos, whose family legacy graces the vaulted and tiled ceilings of over 200 historic NYC buildings like the Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island, Carnegie Hall, and the Bronx Zoo's Elephant House.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The exhibition was first&nbsp;organized by MacArthur Fellow John Ochsendorf from MIT before MCNY expanded it to feature 20 major Guastavino projects throughout NYC's five boroughs. The exhibition will include never-before-seen drawings and materials, an 11 ft x 15 ft replica of a Guastavino vault, contemporary photos by Michael Freeman, and a video gallery installation that lets viewers "visit" Guastavino spaces.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"Palaces for the People" will run until...</p> “Considering the Quake” exhibition explores the art and science in edgy seismic design Justine Testado 2014-01-08T20:58:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:10:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stand your ground, the U.S. debut of the "Considering the Quake: Seismic Design on the Edge" exhibition will be on Feb. 13, 2014 at the AIA's Center for Architecture in New York. Based on resilient-design research gathered by the exhibition's curators Professor Ghyslaine McClure and Dr. Effie Bouras, it highlights not only the artistic aspect of seismic design, but also its more hidden &mdash; and crucial &mdash; scientific side.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Here are some notable works that will be included in the upcoming exhibition:<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Find out more on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> LEO A DALY honored with China’s Luban Award for Huijin International Center Justine Testado 2014-01-03T18:02:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:20-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="773" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Huijin International Center designed by architecture/engineering firm LEO A DALY was recently honored with the Luban Award, China's prestigious prize for design and construction. Since 1989, the biennial Luban Award acknowledges architecture and engineering firms that produce high-quality work and maintain strong quality control and project management.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "The 30-story, 52,000-square-meter tower, which is located in the coastal city of Xiamen, serves as the headquarters for Septwolves Holding Company, a publicly traded holding company with more than 4,000 fashion stores in China. LEO A DALY designed the tower and interiors to express the culture and mission of the Septwolves Company.<br><br> The project&rsquo;s scope included the tower core and shell design, custom lobby design, chairman&rsquo;s 30th-floor private apartment and gallery, the full 29th floor fit-out of the investment group&rsquo;s offices, and a two-story VIP board room with views to the South China Sea. The project is the first LEED Gold, (BD+C) Core and Shell v2009 project to be certified by the USGBC in Fujian Province."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Winners of the Structural Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-11-19T12:29:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T17:09:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the 2013 Structural Awards were revealed last Friday during a ceremony event [...] in London. Hosted by The Institution of Structural Engineers, the annual Structural Awards recognize the talents, the challenging environments, and the invaluable contributions of the world's best structural designers. Twelve winners from around the world were honored this year, with the Taizhou Bridge in China winning the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence &mdash; the highest title.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Structural Awards - 2013 Shortlist</a></p> Construction update: Dynamic facade on Henning Larsen Architects’ Kolding Campus Justine Testado 2013-10-21T14:39:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T15:51:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After winning first prize in a 2009 international competition, Henning Larsen Architects' Kolding Campus building for the University of Southern Denmark is full of sustainable features. One in particular is the recent construction of its facade, which is built with a solar shading system that maintains climate control throughout the day &mdash; and plus, the triangular shape of the solar shutters add a nifty-looking pattern for the structure.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>