Archinect - News 2016-09-28T21:51:08-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway Justine Testado 2016-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-05T14:57:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4v/4vlpyrm6fk154y4c.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the highway serves as the main artery connecting the &ldquo;Last Frontier&rdquo; with Canada and the northwestern U.S., bringing tourists to Alaska cruise ships; food, supplies and medicine to remote towns; and equipment to oil fields and mines that are the region&rsquo;s lifeblood... &ldquo;Communities are unable to reach each other, it&rsquo;s harder to get goods there,&rdquo; [...] Thawing permafrost isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;just an inconvenience, folks; it&rsquo;s a change in the way of life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149960408/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower-engineers-complete-wind-tests-and-seismic-studies Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies Alexander Walter 2016-07-28T14:05:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:13:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ez/ezerdi47j1mzhg5h.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has completed advanced wind tunnel tests on The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 metres taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa when complete. Emaar said the wind tests were crucial in defining the final height and design aspects, while the project&rsquo;s Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls added that they "were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon".</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149957892/unique-seating-for-the-philharmonie-de-paris-how-to-create-a-seat-with-low-acoustic-absorption-for-a-perfect-symphony-hall Unique seating for the Philharmonie de Paris: How to create a seat with low acoustic absorption for a perfect symphony hall Sponsor 2016-07-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T17:27:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xfm5dw2hm71hnrfg.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/e9/e98zt4b7q8a4ynl0.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras International Seating</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The building of the <strong>Philharmonie de Paris</strong>, designed by Jean Nouvel, is a unique architectural work in the Parc de La Villette in the French capital. The seating installed inside was specifically created for the hall by Jean Nouvel in partnership with <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras</a>. Up to 10 acoustic tests, in laboratories in Paris and Barcelona, were needed to achieve the desired product.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vlp6pjx2kf9hb42.jpg"></p><p>Jean Nouvel gave the Philharmonie concert hall a unique shape, as it is an adjustable space that surrounds the spectator. The Grande Salle of the <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/projects/concert-halls-and-auditoriums/1476_philharmonie-de-paris.html?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Philharmonie</em></a> is not designed in a &ldquo;vineyard&rdquo; or &ldquo;shoebox&rdquo; shape like traditionally. The Grande Salle starts a new model, enveloping and moveable. Jean Nouvel chose a unique solution to offer a total and enveloping experience, placing the spectators in hanging balconies at different heights. In this way, they are immersed in the hall with the feeling of heading toward the orchestra. The sound literally wraps each of ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954589/future-sustainable-cities-will-be-built-with-bone Future sustainable cities will be built with... bone? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T14:49:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sf/sf7wjogaymffjd8g.jpg" width="514" height="685" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In bone, the proportions of protein and mineral are roughly equal &ndash; the mineral gives bone stiffness and hardness, while the protein gives it toughness or resistance to fracture. While bones can break, it is relatively rare, and they have the benefit of being self-healing [...] &ldquo;All of our existing building standards have been designed with concrete and steel in mind. Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bioengineer Dr. Michelle Oyen of <a href="http://archinect.com/cambridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cambridge</a>&rsquo;s Department of Engineering and her lab are working on ways to build artificial compounds that mimic bone and eggshell. Eventually, once scaled up, the compounds could be used as building materials.</p><p>When the mineral compounds are "templated" onto the naturally occurring animal protein of collagen, Oyen believes that the two materials could make a "lattice-type structure," stronger than the bone itself. Because this combination takes far less energy to produce than say steel or concrete, it could be used as a more energy efficient building material.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The scientists trying to harness the power of waves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li><li><a title="US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947979/making-bricks-from-cigarette-butts-could-drastically-reduce-environmental-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost</a></li><li><a title="A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148273321/a-cardboard-and-carbon-emission-economy-the-long-term-effects-of-our-desire-for-instant-gratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943942/matters-of-scale-with-bill-zahner-head-of-the-engineering-design-consultancy-behind-the-petersen-automotive-museum-s-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineerin...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective "So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T19:37:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:44:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d12bqqbidd2i9xtz.jpg" width="514" height="340" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He was so much more than an engineer,&rdquo; says the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Zofia Trafas White, who co-curated the show with Maria Nicanor. We are walking through a corridor of the Dane&rsquo;s dreamy doodles, which forms a slightly surreal start to the show [...] &ldquo;Designing,&rdquo; Arup said, &ldquo;is defining a sensible way of building.&rdquo; Noticeably, all the projects on show trumpet their engineering credentials at full volume, as the (seemingly) logical expression of how they were made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Ove Arup and his firm, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951976/ove-arup-celebrated-with-new-show-at-the-v-a" target="_blank">Ove Arup celebrated with new show at the V&amp;A</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup" target="_blank">Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109894274/arup-germany-solarleaf-studio-tamassociati-and-elemental-win-in-2014-zumtobel-group-award" target="_blank">Arup Germany/SolarLeaf, Studio Tamassociati, and Elemental win in 2014 Zumtobel Group Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136423345/grimshaw-and-arup-release-designs-for-new-high-speed-rail-hub-in-central-london" target="_blank">Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149951976/ove-arup-celebrated-with-new-show-at-the-v-a Ove Arup celebrated with new show at the V&A Ellen Hancock 2016-06-16T10:17:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kg/kgn225v5o5aqprqn.jpg" width="514" height="315" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The show, curated by the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Maria Nicanor and Zofia Trafas White, is a fascinating exploration of the 20th century engineer&rsquo;s life and work, and how it has influenced today&rsquo;s practices in his field. Arup, fittingly argue the curators, was a true pioneer, championing real collaboration with architects, using a computer for the first time during the Sydney Opera House project in the 1960s &ndash; a hefty but fascinating machine called 'Pegasus', on display at the show.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK news here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951669/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950809/museum-of-london-design-shortlist-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of London design shortlist revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950671/author-of-interactive-architecture-on-the-built-environment-in-the-age-of-ubiquitous-computing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Author of 'Interactive Architecture' on the built environment in the age of ubiquitous computing</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season Fabricated robot installation at the V&A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season Ellen Hancock 2016-05-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T00:07:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9c/9ca6vfadt2f9v8t4.jpg" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>To mark the beginning of it's first ever Engineering Season, the V&amp;A has revealed a new large-scale installation in the John Madjeski Garden;&nbsp;<em>Elytra Filament Pavilion</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>The pavilion's components have been fabricated by a robot at the University of Stuttgart and then assembled on site. Utilsing biomimicry principles the structure is inspired by lightweight construction principles found in nature, specifically the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c1ql3r1qqtuvywpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3k/3k8nbhok7bw8wh26.jpg"></p><p>This is the first public commission in the UK for experimental architect Achim Menges who has teamed up&nbsp;with&nbsp;Moritz D&ouml;rstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer.</p><p><strong>Achim Menges&nbsp;</strong><strong>said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;<em>Advances in the technologies of making have always been a catalyst for&nbsp;design innovation, which is nowhere more evident than at the V&amp;A. With&nbsp;Elytra&nbsp;Filament&nbsp;Pavilion&nbsp;we aim to celebrate a truly contemporary and integrative approach to design,&nbsp;engineering and production, resulting in a dist...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936159/bridging-the-gap-tintagel-castle-design-contest-winning-design-revealed Bridging the gap; Tintagel Castle design contest winning design revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-03-23T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:38:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/co9oe6bd2esz50u8.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daring concept proposes one cantilever on the Cornish mainland and another on the island fortress, where, legend has it, King Arthur was conceived. The two structures stretch out to each other across the void but do not quite meet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The victorious design was&nbsp;conceived&nbsp;by the Belgian company Ney &amp; Partners Civil Engineers in&nbsp;partnership with British architects William Matthews Associates.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/n8/n84jny81gl2e3qac.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vq/vqngoa6chlo3yg4g.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/19773/solar-decathlon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>. Multi-disciplinary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446440/twenty-teams-listed-for-doe-solar-decathlon-2015-at-oc-great-park" 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="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/2015/competition-contests.html" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtjuzz9ti0dhmacw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6pkkuxc64ddulou3.jpg"><br><em>"S...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136959203/how-chile-s-strict-building-codes-help-reduce-the-country-s-earthquake-casualties 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7n/7nh8g5f5v8msdecv.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/ntx9g86fe3kchlh8.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://thyssenkrupp.com" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled late last year</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1bhkz480ue526ud.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7yya81vf3esdzzo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/ta1c81tazzbkha87.jpg"></p><p>Interior work for the tower is scheduled for mid-August. Building services and elevator e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/it/itckki4tbnb47s1q.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc72ilezl3jpeagw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2torlh574dy5kbpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/iv2k1yger6zw9xb6.jpg"></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/07/23/japans-largest-treehouse-is-a-sprawling-structure-built-around-a-300-year-old-tree/" 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="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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/131489455/walkie-talkie-tower-summons-the-elements-again-this-time-it-s-wind 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rr/rr52vgshkn8n06wp.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/80975331/rafael-vi-oly-designed-walkie-talkie-skyscraper-melts-car-with-light-reflections" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly-designed "Walkie Talkie" skyscraper melts car with light reflections</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/99882337/walkie-scorchie-building-given-permanent-sunshade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Walkie Scorchie&rsquo; building given permanent sunshade</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hv/hvosbrg53f0n1w0q.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/tag/154376/elon-musk" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>'s and SpaceX's high-speed ground transit system, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/129637462/what-s-causing-the-bay-bridge-s-steel-to-corrode-so-rapidly 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/51/5114c3600999355592afac4e8b2a4dff.jpg" 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="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></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/79846150/after-6-4-billion-san-francisco-bridge-remains-a-mess" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After $6.4 Billion, San Francisco Bridge Remains a Mess</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81057429/time-lapse-of-san-francisco-oakland-bay-bridge-construction" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Time-Lapse of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Construction</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/03/033f0c44033ff4e3ef11d35c0dce7df1.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vy/vy3bo3hyoh9sj9o8.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123740677/urban-omnibus-investigates-the-tragic-poetry-of-building-codes 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5f821a8524ee73f1030d217c0cad4256.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123682840/the-panama-canal-gets-supersized The Panama Canal Gets "Supersized" Nicholas Korody 2015-03-25T11:10:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T23:33:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a1/a1ejw7hk8pecbfs0.jpg" 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="http://www.history.com/shows/modern-marvels" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c4/c4gua5cqndgi7vwc.jpg"></p><p>Considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Civil Engineers, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/121511324/make-architects-founder-accuses-architects-of-taking-credit-for-engineers-work 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w9/w968u4dt757a28ig.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2e8whp4x0ba050f.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo1vpt15rgkgos66.jpg" 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="http://www.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com/Home.2.0.html?&amp;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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9m8nqlw533xeu2v.jpg"></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> http://archinect.com/news/article/113894092/the-glass-lantern-at-apple-store-istanbul-wins-top-prize-in-structural-awards-2014 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ag/agq062csfcx9s8yp.jpg" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gm/gmigf4850w9xat9m.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9ph6oen4g8rz8un.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nt/nt66qnm2bzgsz9wl.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0z/0zrp1drz763km938.jpg"></p><p><strong>Find more of the winning projects on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/winners_of_the_structural_awards_2014/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p><p>Previously: <a title="Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105567174/structural-awards-2014-shortlist-is-announced" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced</a><br><a title="Winners of the Structural Awards 2013" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86908460/winners-of-the-structural-awards-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Structural Awards 2013</a></p> 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>