Archinect - News 2014-10-23T12:01:00-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/110735487/contour-crafting-3d-print-constructor-wins-nasa-tech-briefs-create-the-future-design-contest-2014 “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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fq/fqr20oetrlbfcvdg.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/28280080/usc-on-the-moon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building structures on the Moon</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/75/750qwtirfheptbuy.jpg"></p><p>Learn more about "Contour Crafting" on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/contour_crafting_wins_nasa_tech_briefs_create_the_future_design_contest_201/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p><p>See the project in action in the video below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107406810/solar-energy-that-doesn-t-block-the-view 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/830f20a87af8a3f32bf1ef3cc27412cb.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106106961/self-folding-robot-based-on-origami Self-Folding Robot Based on Origami Justine Testado 2014-08-08T17:41:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:58:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wk/wkh9evbfl64n56wp.jpg" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/105801507/engineers-develop-no-power-wifi-connections Engineers Develop No-power WiFi Connections Nicholas Korody 2014-08-04T19:35:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T19:35:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ts/tsalm7ckwawrnux3.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105567174/structural-awards-2014-shortlist-is-announced Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced Justine Testado 2014-08-01T17:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:08:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9g/9gmnmelin4982lxf.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37q2kacp0i72cmid.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pz/pzzll7445wegvo7f.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tn/tngpzqii2ubsqz6o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/37/37e7aygvcogwehfr.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gz/gzihsdvxtuglndsl.jpg"></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/structural_awards_2014_shortlist_is_announced/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102022594/modern-soccer-wouldn-t-be-the-same-without-an-architect-s-invention 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkzqflmgoijlx9sr.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98841909/how-holland-can-help-fight-floods-around-the-world How Holland can help fight floods around the world Alexander Walter 2014-04-28T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T13:36:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/38/386ced0c58f35f78b2e279a472830bc1.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98670776/drought-may-force-california-to-reverse-flow-of-its-aqueduct Drought may force California to reverse flow of its Aqueduct Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-25T19:32:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T10:13:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1b/1b6aa6c8f590f2d186e9917c7ddae395.jpg" 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 /><!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/96639885/a-plan-to-build-skyscrapers-that-barely-touch-the-ground 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/95/9572a21b2c6d5668e5e173f5bda274c8.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/96481965/first-major-guastavino-exhibition-opening-at-mcny-on-march-26 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5e/5eql6pnezu68ykmn.jpg" 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="http://www.mcny.org" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5r/5rd0dvcref25z2tc.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vp/vpgredkscq4s9psc.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/bub90ios08ifpxi5.jpg"></p><p>"Palaces for the People" will run until...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90778125/considering-the-quake-exhibition-explores-the-art-and-science-in-edgy-seismic-design “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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zt/ztcvdrj6m9853eo8.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zn/zn5u91q8w4nvt7i5.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bo/bone31m6b88ntz0m.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v1/v10yx70z7ppqmlnv.jpg" title=""><br><br><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6l/6l38uilvsn1e44nn.jpg" title=""><br><br> Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/considering_the_quake_exhibition_explores_the_art_and_science_in_edg/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90386122/leo-a-daly-honored-with-china-s-luban-award-for-huijin-international-center 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lb/lbsxvxb9v3omrnom.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlgh9cbvm7zcb5g5.jpg" title=""></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86908460/winners-of-the-structural-awards-2013 Winners of the Structural Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-11-19T12:29:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T17:09:48-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nj/nj8suim83iqd64lh.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/78834131/the-structural-awards-2013-shortlist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Structural Awards - 2013 Shortlist</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84682615/construction-update-dynamic-facade-on-henning-larsen-architects-kolding-campus 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yq/yqo7cg27aau3wrs5.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81057429/time-lapse-of-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-construction Time-Lapse of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction Alexander Walter 2013-09-04T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-09-04T18:32:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/62rqon4ugshdi43a.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The much anticipated&mdash;and wildly criticized&mdash;San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge finally opened to the public earlier this week (<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/287038/bay-bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously on Archinect</a>).</p> <p> See 42,000 hours of bridge construction compressed to a compact 4-minute time-lapse video below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79846150/after-6-4-billion-san-francisco-bridge-remains-a-mess After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess Archinect 2013-08-19T17:05:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/31/31a4d0dff67f63dbb061521e7c4b962b.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was supposed to be the crowning glory of the bridge-builder&rsquo;s art, gracefully echoing the rolling hills surrounding San Francisco Bay. Yet as the project heads for a Labor Day opening after $6.4 billion and 15 years, the country&rsquo;s most daringly iconic highway bridge stands as a poster child for those who think major infrastructure projects are wasteful.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/74178367/bolts-along-bay-bridge-bike-path-fail" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78834131/the-structural-awards-2013-shortlist The Structural Awards - 2013 Shortlist Justine Testado 2013-08-06T14:24:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:00:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/io/io791yckwldiio2q.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Structural Awards, held by the Institution of Structural Engineers every year, recognizes the range of innovation, achievement, and excellence of structural engineers whose work is often overlooked. The Structural Awards highlights the challenging environments structural engineers constantly face in order to help build highly complex structures. The annual competition aims to distinguish talent, garner public attention, and inspire young people to explore the field of structural engineering.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Take a gander at some of the shortlisted projects below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/74178367/bolts-along-bay-bridge-bike-path-fail Bolts along Bay Bridge bike path fail Archinect 2013-05-29T15:37:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:27:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3f/3ffd1b31bf6669d55f7ae26b59f3b43d.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Crews that built the railing committed what experts called a basic mistake - they welded the bolts in place firmly in their slots rather than leaving a small amount of room to accommodate a natural expansion of the bicycle path that happens in hot weather. As a result, scores of the 1-inch-diameter bolts have been sheared off along the 1.2-mile bike path on the southern side of the span's skyway section.</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/73705343/see-physics-behind-why-buildings-crumble See physics behind why buildings crumble Archinect 2013-05-22T15:22:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T15:22:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5t/5twm8ts3nvb37zlm.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CNN's Tom Foreman explains the strength of the tornado in Oklahoma and why some buildings couldn't withstand the force.</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/67123918/polish-scientists-and-engineers-put-a-new-spin-on-underwater-living Polish Scientists and Engineers Put A New Spin On Underwater Living Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T19:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-15T15:23:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ed/ed0q4vtcf3x367vg.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and engineers from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University in Poland have teamed up with other Polish scientific and R&amp;D institutions to come up with a landmark underwater hotel. The Water Discus Underwater Hotel, as it is called, may not be the first but plans for the Dubai venue call for the biggest site of its kind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r0/r0j1aopgfmqsbal7.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qinf1p5k5et9akjl.jpg" title=""></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/66697365/the-science-channel-peels-a-city-apart-to-show-how-structures-survive-disasters The Science Channel Peels a City Apart to Show How Structures Survive Disasters Archinect 2013-02-01T11:53:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T20:11:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c9680b0f6dd387190fe82072387c4cbf.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Science Channel&rsquo;s upcoming series, Strip the City, uses oversized CGI effects to take a very deep look into the engineering behind some of the most iconic municipalities and the potentially disastrous natural elements they must overcome. Working with architects, engineers and historians, the producers have unearthed the specific elements that help San Francisco&rsquo;s bridge survive tremors and Dubai&rsquo;s towering skyscrapers stand firm in soft, unstable desert sands.</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/66170117/architects-engineers-selected-for-john-tyler-community-college-phase-iii Architects, Engineers Selected For John Tyler Community College Phase III kimweiss 2013-01-24T16:30:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7z/7zxmpiaygpf62boa.jpg" width="500" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <i>Clark Nexsen and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee will design the Academic Building and Parking Deck</i></p> <p> January 24, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) -- The team of <a href="http://www.clarknexsen.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Nexsen</a> and <a href="http://www.pbclarchitecture.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee</a> (PBC+L) has been selected to design the Phase III Academic Building and Parking Deck on John Tyler Community College&rsquo;s (JTCC) Midlothian, Virginia, campus. Both firms bring extensive experience in higher education facilities design and sustainable architecture to the team.</p> <p> This will be the fifth building on the JTCC Midlothian Campus, and college administrators say it will be critical to the growth and emerging identity of the campus.</p> <p> Jeffrey Lee, FAIA, Design Principal for the project, anticipates that the 70,000-square-foot building will include academic classrooms, faculty offices, auditorium space/performance arts space, a student services center, food service, and a 350-space parking garage.</p> <p> The project will be on a fast track for completion in January 2015, Lee said.</p> <p> Founded in 196...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65038630/man-versus-sea-engineering-artificial-reefs Man Versus Sea: Engineering Artificial Reefs Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T21:10:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T00:28:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5b/5bptlabzjaty9des.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designers for The Wave, Muscat, were tasked with the challenge of engineering a luxury, mixed-use development stretching along six kilometres of natural beach coastline between Al-Athaiba and Al-Mawelah while ensuring it was protected as much as possible from the Sea of Oman.</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/63818434/the-uk-s-most-outstanding-green-building The UK’s Most ‘Outstanding’ Green Building Anna Johnson 2012-12-20T20:23:00-05:00 >2013-03-12T12:46:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n0/n0hotvuhg30007wa.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The building, known as 1 Angel Square, has been designed to deliver a 50 per cent reduction in energy consumption compared to The Co-operative&rsquo;s current Manchester complex and an 80 per cent reduction in carbon. This will lead to operating costs being lowered by up to 30 per cent.</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/60987644/safetynet-wins-first-prize-at-2012-james-dyson-awards SafetyNet Wins First Prize at 2012 James Dyson Awards Alexander Walter 2012-11-08T16:57:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:08:18-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8i/8i8xqfrpc1bnsp8r.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One winner and two runners-up have today been announced at this year's edition of the James Dyson Awards, an international student design award running in 18 countries. The first prize went to the entry 'SafetyNet - Escape Rings' from the UK. The two runners-up were the design concepts 'The BETH Project' from the United States and 'Revival Vest' from New Zealand.</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/60031545/how-the-sound-of-rain-helps-engineers-diagnose-unsafe-bridges How The Sound Of Rain Helps Engineers Diagnose Unsafe Bridges Archinect 2012-10-25T12:11:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:27:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e4/e4665bfd3631c587ed386231fab66315.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the same way that structural deficiencies can be detected with something solid, two engineers from Brigham Young University--Brian Mazzeo and Spencer Guthrie--are listening in for the tell-tale acoustics by splashing bridges with water. They're looking for something called "delamination."</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/55603807/structureless-structure Structureless structure? Orhan Ayyüce 2012-08-20T11:05:00-04:00 >2012-08-20T15:27:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69ylsjp9e3ukts2e.jpg" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The general Idea from my interpretation was to produce a lightweight structure that uses minimal material yet uses technology to account for the lack of girth and material. - Rogelio Mercado</p></em><br /><br /><p> The buildings are always designed with redundant structural assemblies to resist forces that might happen maybe .001 time of their existence and sometimes never. So what happens when all that structural apparatus and weight has taken out from an experimental "structure" is explained to a group of traveling students by Prof. Haag from HOCHSCHULE BIBERACH UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES in Stuttgart, Germany. This fascinating video shot by Cal Poly student Rogelio Mercado shows how the actuators placed in four corners re-distribute the weight continuously and keep the large plywood sheet dome from collapsing.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/55406923/is-there-a-limit-to-how-tall-buildings-can-get Is There a Limit to How Tall Buildings Can Get? Archinect 2012-08-16T15:37:00-04:00 >2012-08-19T06:25:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8a/8ad3e2605049c2a263742611a4890a50.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For a Middle East-based client he's not allowed to identify, Johnson worked on a project back in the late 2000s designing a building that would have been a mile-and-a-half tall, with 500 stories. Somewhat of a theoretical practice, the design team identified between 8 and 10 inventions that would have had to take place to build a building that tall. Not innovations, Johnson says, but inventions, as in completely new technologies and materials.</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/52828867/how-is-computing-changing-the-architect-s-job How is computing changing the architect’s job? Archinect 2012-07-02T13:18:00-04:00 >2012-07-02T13:19:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z0/z01pftzpvrttii3r.jpg" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The form was reinvented to an extent,&rdquo; says Yanni Loukissas, a postdoc in MIT&rsquo;s Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS). And while the question of exactly which design changes should be credited to Utzon or Arup&rsquo;s firm has been a matter of some dispute, the building, Louskissas says, stands as &ldquo;an example where the engineer was instrumental in reshaping the project.&rdquo;</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>