Archinect - News 2014-04-24T11:31:52-04:00 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/75452113/ancient-roman-concrete-is-about-to-revolutionize-modern-architecture Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture Archinect 2013-06-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T08:14:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d8fce5577ffdd76ff26acb1eb53d08c2.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world&rsquo;s most durable man-made creations ever&mdash;Roman concrete&mdash;has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/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/70471495/ucla-engineers-will-study-the-stability-of-watts-towers UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers Archinect 2013-04-01T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T14:31:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/61/619f86d0f4a449e6072903a2832288db.jpg" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now underway, is expected to be completed by early next year.</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/59374383/an-app-for-architects-that-makes-physics-easy An App For Architects That Makes Physics Easy Archinect 2012-10-15T18:58:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T07:38:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yw/ywqz0h46btzw1h49.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After seven years of teaching structures to a mixed group of architecture and structural engineering graduate students at MIT, Paul Kassabian found that many of his future architects took a just-enough-to-get-the-homework-done approach to understanding those fundamental components. So he created an app to help them out.</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> http://archinect.com/news/article/31542133/student-projects-cal-poly-pomona-tvef-tsunami-vertical-evacuation-facility-studio Student Projects: Cal Poly Pomona (TVEF – Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Facility) Studio Orhan Ayyüce 2011-12-20T00:27:28-05:00 >2012-04-03T19:45:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l7/l7jiua99lc0eqjbr.jpg" width="514" height="384" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last quarter a group of Cal Poly Pomona architecture and structural engineering students with professors Axel Schimitzberger and Dr. Mikhail Gershfeld conducted a multi disciplinary studio to design prototype tsunami evacuation facilities. The purpose of the studio was to design a temporary shelter during an earthquake/tsunami event and use the structure for other purposes in other times. Students had to design structures from precast concrete and steel. Needlessly to say the work was evolved to the advance levels of structural integrity and architectural innovation. As a final jury member I was impressed not only with the designs but also the&nbsp;simultaneous&nbsp;and symbiotic relationship of the two disciplines in a creative studio environment.</p> <p> Here is a quote from the studio objectives.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;We anticipate some lively discussions between members of the two disciplines, revealing the different vocabularies of the two cultures. Architecture students will have to explain what they mean by ...</em></p>