Archinect - News 2016-12-04T23:54:30-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149963555/a-tour-of-experiential-magical-realism-games-from-the-triennale-game-collection A tour of experiential magical realism games from the Triennale Game Collection Julia Ingalls 2016-08-16T13:11:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:12:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cd/cdedtmmdm5ookowl.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Among the discoveries in the magical realist-flavored experiential series of smartphone games from the <a href="http://www.milanogamefestival.com/collection/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Triennale Game Collection</a> is just how compelling this format is for exploring the nuances of architecture, even if that architecture pushes the limits of physics (and is often heavily layered with surreal color and effects).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qr/qr0vyd4y76mgwijg.jpg"></p><p><em>"The Worm Room" by Katie Rose Pipkin. Image: Triennale Game Collection.</em></p><p>With visual allusions to everything from Pixar to <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/117976955/white-space-the-architecture-of-the-art-fair" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darren Aronofsky</a>'s "The Fountain," the games emphasize the experience (hence, "experiential") over a plot-driven, goal-oriented construct. Nonetheless, each game has its own internal logic and rules, and rewards players with different visual effects and paths the longer they explore each world.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/64/6414xz36n4nuu3xp.jpg"></p><p><em>"Neighbor" by by Jake Elliott, Tamas Kemenczy and Ben Babbitt. Image: Triennale Game Collection.</em></p><p>Check out this video, which takes you through a quick tour of the five iOS/Android compatible games:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961519/kids-play-with-virtual-skyscrapers-in-new-app Kids play with virtual skyscrapers in new app Julia Ingalls 2016-08-04T19:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:19:31-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/93/93uxays5kg3342oc.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Spark a blackout, fix a pipe, or clog the toilets. Test your building&rsquo;s engineering when dinosaurs invade, lightning strikes, or the earth quakes. Find out what keeps skyscrapers standing tall and people happy in them all." So says the description of the newly launched <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1115415865?mt=8" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skyscrapers by Tinybop</a>, a game app for kids that allows users to essentially play in and around skyscrapers, like an urban-planning minded King Kong. Players can construct their own towers and then wreck havoc (or try to maintain order) with their creations. Here are a few screenshots of the game in action:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ly/lyi4nf924dmyxupz.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cm/cmzjv72xvj2luwt7.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5k/5k6i2gt1ij172eff.jpg"></p><p>For more on games (it's Archinect's editorial theme this month):</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935027/console-narratives-how-games-incorporate-architectural-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Console narratives: how games incorporate architectural storytelling</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134499490/this-studio-illustrates-minecraft-s-architectural-capabilities-to-create-imaginary-worlds" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This studio illustrates Minecraft's architectural capabilities to create imaginary worlds</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149960918/gaming-the-neighborhood-one-to-one-32-with-jose-sanchez-co-creator-of-block-hood-computer-game" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gaming the neighborhood: One-to-One #32 with Jose Sanchez, co-creator of Block'hood computer game</a></li></ul><p>And here's a video:</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149959721/moscow-s-own-version-of-pok-mon-go-will-let-you-catch-famous-figures-from-russian-history Moscow's own version of Pokémon Go will let you "catch" famous figures from Russian history Alexander Walter 2016-07-25T13:46:00-04:00 >2016-11-07T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ul/ul5j1o8a3f0aa0je.jpg" width="650" height="387" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Moscow City Hall has announced the launch of its own version of online game &ldquo;Pokemon Go.&rdquo; Russians will be asked to find and "catch" historical figures in the streets of the capital via an app called &ldquo;Know Moscow.Photo.&rdquo; [...] people will be able to catch and take a selfie with [...] Yury Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Pyotr Chaikovsky, [founder of the first Russian university] Mikhail Lomonosov, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and the tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich,&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957911/no-pok-mon-go-is-not-an-urban-fantasy-for-the-new-flaneur" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No, Pok&eacute;mon Go is not an urban fantasy for the new flaneur</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944736/moscow-s-metro-expansion-moves-ahead-of-schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's metro expansion moves ahead of schedule</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935791/moscow-s-iconic-shukhov-tower-added-to-world-monuments-fund-watch-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow's iconic Shukhov Tower added to World Monuments Fund Watch List</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149936034/morpholio-s-new-scalepen-offers-a-new-way-to-draw-on-trace-app Morpholio's new "ScalePen" offers a new way to draw on Trace app Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-22T18:44:00-04:00 >2016-03-23T01:44:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qe/qeyzcdrcp5t2ybeq.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is not only a new way of working, it is part of the latest renaissance in drawing; imagining the heart of the designer merged with the brain of a computer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Morpholio has just released &ldquo;ScalePen&rdquo;, a patent-pending tool used to draft on the developer&rsquo;s popular <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140882350/take-your-sketching-to-the-next-level-morpholio-launches-trace-pro-app-for-the-ipad-pro-pencil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Trace" app</a> for the iPad.&nbsp;The company&rsquo;s co-creator, Anna Kenoff, views ScalePen as an &ldquo;entirely new opportunity for architectural drawing&hellip; Rather than setting or keeping records of your own pen weight, Morpholio makes the software do the work for you.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6b/6b7ixskfp21t9id8.jpg"></p><p>With the development of CAD, hand drafting has seemingly become a thing of the past. &ldquo;Fortunately, creative production is fueled by much more than just efficiency&rdquo;, says Morpholio, adding that &ldquo;architects and designers have given new rise to hand drawing and sketching as part of their process - a renaissance no doubt ushered in by the touchscreen and stylus.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ju/ju4si3r47uexrodn.jpg"></p><p>The app offers an assortment of pen sizes that respond as the stylus is moved around, through and into the drawing. The ScalePen feature checks the drawing scale and zoom level continuously to automatically assign a calibrated set of technical pens.&nbsp;Morpholio suggests that it save...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935881/new-app-monitors-the-urban-environment-and-its-affects-on-mental-wellbeing New app monitors the urban environment and its affects on mental wellbeing Alexis Petrunia 2016-03-21T19:20:00-04:00 >2016-04-04T22:54:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bg/bg5pwirst8vtpj8k.jpg" width="650" height="1156" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the number of people moving to cities continues to rise, with 66% of the global population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, it is critical to understand how urban living is affecting us</p></em><br /><br /><p>Living in a concrete jungle has its pros and its cons, but how exactly does urban living affect mental wellbeing? A new cross-disciplinary project intents to find out by using a smartphone app called&nbsp;<a href="http://urbanmind.info/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban Mind</a>. The app is designed to monitor various aspects of a metropolitan environment - specifically noise, density, overcrowding, walkability, sociability and street activity. The team is now inviting the general public to download the app on their smartphone and participate in the research for a period of seven days.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/66/66r3z7zyxn9piwiw.jpg"></p><p>&ldquo;As the number of people moving to cities continues to rise, with 66% of the global population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, it is critical to understand how urban living is affecting us&rdquo; urges representatives.</p><p>After downloading and installing the app, participants will be asked to answer questions about their current urban environment and mental wellbeing at random times throughout the day. When answering a set of questions participants also have the option o...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that) Julia Ingalls 2016-03-17T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:16:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m0/m04ua0tm64bdrnq6.jpg" width="650" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Abandoned commercial port turned progressive inner city district of Helsinki Kalasatama is being developed purposefully to test out new urban ways of being.&nbsp;First up for this pioneering zone: a Mobility-as-a-Service app, which is basically the Nordic version of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a> except it wants to integrate all forms of public transit into one app. It's currently being tested by fifteen car-free citizens with the hope of making the entire district a non-vehicular-ownership zone by 2030.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wjpxtxuc4ke2yabb.jpg"></p><p>Next up for the district, according to a press release: "a sharing economy app that allows residents to trade services; apps developed from data produced by sensors for remote monitoring of street waste containers; and novel sensors that monitor the expiration of foods, intended to reduce food waste." The more residents who want to participate in these test programs, the better: although the current population is hovering around 2,000, city leaders expect it to grow to 20,000 in the next fourteen years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6n/6nsy1dxxn400uuyq.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/147280813/this-app-will-make-decorating-a-whole-lot-simpler This app will make decorating a whole lot simpler Nicholas Korody 2016-02-03T16:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T18:36:57-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/46/465q8w7v54fib3pw.jpg" width="650" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Shanna Tellerman wants to help you redecorate your home. She&rsquo;s not a designer, furniture aficionado, or personal shopper. She&rsquo;s the founder and CEO of a company called Modsy that rolls all of the aforementioned jobs into one mobile app to make redesigning a room easier (and more fun) [...] What makes Modsy different from the handful of other home design tools out there is that it actually lets users see designs in the context of their own homes&mdash;and its renderings are utterly realistic.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The architecture of the app seems effective, if a bit out of touch with the on-demand expectations of today's digital consumer. After signing up, a user is asked to complete a quiz to figure out their aesthetic and then upload some photos of the space in question, along with its dimensions.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8c0no3or5xrwvpi6.jpg"></p><p>About 48 hours later, the Modsy team responds with a catalogue of renders of your own space, filled with new furniture. Like a piece? Click it and you'll be redistributed to the manufacturer's site. Modsy takes a percentage from every sale.</p><p>Apparently, the renders are super HD, and the long-term goal of the developers is to make the app more instantaneous.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rbkec3351gzcbgb.jpg"></p><p><em>February is furniture month here on Archinect! Send us your furniture musings, interviews, reviews, designs, projects and investigations for review to be featured on our site. The open call for submissions is effective immediately.</em></p><p><strong>More details&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146366342/this-february-archinect-is-all-about-furniture-and-we-want-your-submissions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</strong></p><p>And for some related coverage, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147270346/charles-and-ray-eames-meet-freddy-krueger-artist-creates-deformed-furniture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Charles and Ray Eames, meet Freddy Krueger"...</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/140882350/take-your-sketching-to-the-next-level-morpholio-launches-trace-pro-app-for-the-ipad-pro-pencil Take your sketching to the next level: Morpholio launches Trace Pro app for the iPad Pro & Pencil Archinect 2015-11-11T19:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-17T23:59:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hg/hg8pe9kwqwi1lben.jpg" width="650" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136343758/apple-announces-new-ipad-pro-aimed-at-creative-professionals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple announced</a> the launch of the supersized iPad Pro tablet and its Pencil companion, the anticipation grew which new apps&mdash;specifically developed for designers and creatives&mdash;could fully make use of the enhanced capacity: a more powerful A9X processor, larger 12.9-inch Retina display and stylus precision encouraged potential new features that neither traditional tablets nor desktop computers had been capable of. "It could offer a lot to designers who still bring out tracing paper before launching inDesign or Rhino," Nicholas Korody <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136343758/apple-announces-new-ipad-pro-aimed-at-creative-professionals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote</a> on Archinect after the product launch in September.</p><p>One exciting new app that promises to fully bridge that gap between physical and digital sketching via iPad Pro and Pencil was just launched by <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/188790/morpholio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a> this week: <a href="http://www.morpholioapps.com/trace/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trace Pro</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zx/zxih4ogioew87rlh.jpg"></p><p>Here is some more information we've received from Morpholio:</p><p><strong>Trace Pro Unleashes 5 Super Tools: </strong></p><p><strong>Hyper Zooming with Scale:</strong><br>Zoom from a plan sketch, into a room, into the furniture, and ultimately into the details. Trace...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140274306/apple-s-secret-indoor-survey-app-enables-a-crowdsourced-gps-for-interiors Apple's secret "Indoor Survey" app enables a crowdsourced GPS for interiors Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-11-02T13:15:00-05:00 >2015-11-05T20:04:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lr/lrmh5ghffwl8btci.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple&nbsp;has a secret app in the App Store which allows some iPhone users to map the interior of a building using their handset. First discovered yesterday by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, an app called Indoor Survey has been available on the App Store since last week. The software is currently hidden in the App Store and is not operational, suggesting that the official launch is around the corner.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The indoor positioning app "Indoor Survey", which allows users to pin their location on a map within a given structure, seems to also function as a mode of "crowdsourced Ground Truth" to improve Apple Maps' accuracy. As the app is still "hidden" and not searchable, the only way to download is through a <a href="http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&amp;jsonp=vglnk_144648615142010&amp;key=e97682afa628bbf9014f553a2786f73d&amp;libId=igi8gfwp0100z8gu000DA1j9kqrbud7ydh&amp;loc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.idownloadblog.com%2F2015%2F11%2F02%2Fapple-indoor-survey-app%2F&amp;v=1&amp;out=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fapp%2Findoor-survey%2Fid994269367%3Fmt%3D8%26at%3D11l4L8&amp;title=Secret%20Apple%20app%20lets%20you%20map%20out%20building%20interiors%20using%20your%20iPhone&amp;txt=Download%20Indoor%20Survey%20at%20no%20charge%20in%20the%20App%20Store&amp;loAsUuid=igi8gg76-455a9d7c-d4c0-4990-843d-7e6da1a777ae" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">direct link to the App Store</a>.</p><p>Before the app is made publicly available, there are a few caveats:</p><p>"Some Twitter users claim that you have to be an approved public venue representative to participate in this project, meaning the app may not work with your Apple ID.</p><p>Also keep in mind that Indoor Survey is currently available in select markets, is hidden in the App Store search and appears non-functional".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133414232/generate-your-next-creative-idea-with-morpholio-s-journal-app-a-digital-super-tool-sketchbook Generate your next creative idea with Morpholio's Journal app, a digital super-tool sketchbook Archinect 2015-08-04T12:00:00-04:00 >2015-08-04T14:15:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fq/fqvy8ax97rg18cfn.jpg" width="650" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Architects and designers have adapted to the digitization of the creative process, although trustworthy paper sketchbooks, notepads, and journals remain as an essential free-flowing workspace for brainstorming ideas. <a href="http://www.morpholioapps.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a> conveniently combines both realms in <a href="http://morpholioapps.com/journal/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Journal</a>, a new app that redefines the portable sketchbook as a mixing chamber where designers, artists, writers, and all creative types can effortlessly record, organize, collage, or sketch to develop their ideas &mdash; right at their fingertips.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9xsdtiujptvxmmv.jpg"></p><p><strong>Journal Unleashes 5 Super Tools:</strong></p><p><strong>1. Sketch on anything, anywhere</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w4/w45a0xycoog8b7be.jpg"></p><p>Journal allows you to sketch and write on any media. Not everyone wants to start with a blank canvas and now you don't have to. Design over an image, get creative with a photo, or make backgrounds of any type. You can sketch on top of any surface, and the sketch will literally move, twist and scale with the image it's on. Draw on everything to build the ultimate archive of inspirations, ideas, and encounters; allowing the lon...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131421993/waze-takes-on-the-ride-sharing-market-with-new-carpooling-app Waze takes on the ride-sharing market with new carpooling app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-08T17:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T17:26:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ho/hor87xztbdwc62cb.jpg" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>RideWith is a spinoff of the Google-owned Israeli traffic app Waze, and is designed to help users meet up with a driver who has a similar commute. In the interest of time, money and potentially the environment, passengers can pay drivers who are already taking similar routes. [...] Drivers using RideWith are only allowed to make two trips a day &mdash; intended to be the commute to and from work &mdash; and therefore wouldn&rsquo;t be able to use the app for any notable revenue.</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/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/126885501/the-evolution-of-street-photography-in-the-instagram-age The evolution of street photography in the Instagram age Alexander Walter 2015-05-07T13:06:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:05:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6h/6hmpff7kupvpo3ws.jpg" width="650" height="442" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Instagram may very well have enabled a whole generation of false artisans&mdash;and even encouraged clich&eacute; street imagery by promoting hashtags like #middleoftheroad and #strideby through its Weekend Hashtag Project&mdash;but the effect may not be so terrible. Quoted in The Telegraph in 2011, Teru Kuwayama, a photojournalist who is now photo community manager at Facebook, compared the rise of Instagram to the advent of electronic music, both of which stimulated &ldquo;amateur expression.&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/123135963/chicago-s-radisson-blu-aqua-hotel-creates-an-app-to-better-acquaint-the-guests-with-the-architecture Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel creates an app to better acquaint the guests with the architecture Archinect 2015-03-17T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:36:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/fy/fyqs9o6uiwd1uf5m.jpg" width="650" height="379" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think our hope is that it will make guests connect to the hotel in a different way by understanding the thoughts of the architect and the designer, who wanted to create more of a community than a typical hotel lobby</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/121124432/delhi-s-air-pollution-is-worse-than-beijing-s-a-new-app-measures-the-air-quality-in-real-time Delhi’s air pollution is worse than Beijing's. A new app measures the air quality in real time. Alexander Walter 2015-02-19T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T14:20:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d5/d57582v1paim3rpf.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of the world&rsquo;s most polluted city&mdash;New Delhi, in case you were still wondering&mdash;can now find out exactly how toxic the air in their neighbourhood is. [...] &ldquo;People are clueless about the air they are breathing. If there is fog, they think it might be pollution,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;People will have this information on their fingertips now.&rdquo; [...] While the government figures out a way to bring pollution under control, this app could help people buy time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/367298/air-pollution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111897927/tour-los-angeles-history-with-ucla-s-new-interactive-urban-trail-app Tour Los Angeles history with UCLA's new interactive urban trail app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-23T13:44:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:05:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1h/1hthdmjfuzz785nh.jpg" width="636" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Public parks do much more than provide places to play, relax or exercise &nbsp;&ndash; they can also preserve portions of the natural landscapes, and remind us of our city&rsquo;s history. In Los Angeles&rsquo; urban core, where public parks are few and much of the landscape has already been paved in concrete, combining peace and preservation becomes more difficult. But embracing infrastructure can lead to novel and engaging park systems, as seen in projects like the High Line, and now, in <a href="http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22272" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles' State Historic Park (LASHP)</a>.</p><p>Situated in a former rail-switching yard in LA's Chinatown, LASHP sits at the base of Elysian Park&rsquo;s hills, stretching between an active light-rail line and the Los Angeles River. While still under construction, the park is already the focal point of an urban trail project, LASHP Trails, initially drafted by local high school students and developed by UCLA&rsquo;s <a href="http://remap.ucla.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP)</a>. Originating in and around the park, the trails lead walk...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107648182/nimbys-go-to-court-over-modern-home-zaha-gets-an-apology-global-warming-rages-on-news-round-up-for-august-25-2014 NIMBYs go to court over "modern" home; Zaha gets an apology; global warming rages on: News Round-Up for August 25, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-02T20:07:00-04:00 >2014-09-02T22:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9v/9vtxfdi8z3dbl47e.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><em><strong>Friday, August 29:</strong></em></p><ul><li><p><a title="MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike</a>: The prototype is currently being used to create a mental-map and guidebook for NYC, and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign will attempt to fund the project for commercial sale.</p></li><li><p><a title="In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107711639/in-beirut-a-grassroots-push-for-more-grass" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Beirut, a grassroots push for more grass</a>: Lebanon's fifteen-year civil war made much of Beirut's green space inaccessible or dysfunctional. The Beirut Green Project is trying to bring at least a modicum of green space back to the city's residents.</p></li></ul><p><em><strong>Thursday, August 28:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107634526/norwegian-artists-plan-to-open-art-academy-in-north-korea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norwegian artists plan to open art academy in North Korea</a>: Nothing's final yet, but the school is committed to its disbelief in sanctions or boycotts on art.</li><li><a title="Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107640149/alvar-aalto-gets-a-close-look-from-google-s-cultural-institute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alvar Aalto gets a close look from Google's Cultural Institute</a>: Google's cameras go inside the famous Finnish architects studio, as well as a selection of his works, for a curated photo-exhibition.</li></ul><p><em><strong>Wednesday, August 27:</strong></em></p><ul><li><a title="China considering drastic ban on coal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107557388/china-considering-drastic-ban-on-coal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China considering drastic ban on coal</a>: Chinese news outlets claim that work is underway to ban coal in Bei...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/107562227/hunts-point-memories-of-the-future Hunts Point | Memories of the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-27T14:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T19:31:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/87/874e68e79d098211b58bf25adb5bf113.jpg" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In collaboration with fifteen poets and community activists from StartUp Box South Bronx, I recently created Memories of the Future, a location-based cinema project viewed on mobile phones. The group experimented with spoken word poetry, site specific performance, and on-site spectatorship to reframe the predominant view of Hunts Point and speak about possibilities for its future from a position of power.</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/107410034/the-outlaw-instagrammers-of-new-york-city The Outlaw Instagrammers of New York City Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T15:32:00-04:00 >2014-08-27T18:13:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/js/js11b4alvgpoc05p.jpg" width="608" height="608" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There has long been a subculture of so-called &ldquo;urban explorers&rdquo; who have made a game of accessing off-limits places. [...] Urban explorers take photos mainly to document that they&rsquo;ve been there, while for Deas the image is the whole point. The outlaw Instagrammers have more in common with graffiti artists, another subculture of underground creatives who make their work in the cracks of the urban landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in Russia: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46831485/skywalking-hacking-architecture-in-russia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skywalking - hacking architecture in Russia</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/106553263/one-ridesharing-app-to-rule-them-all-ridescout-moves-into-the-competitive-world-of-rideshare One ridesharing app to rule them all: Ridescout moves into the competitive world of rideshare Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-14T12:43:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T13:47:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/79/79c17a365df2e99ce1b7279dbf699931.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ridescout, the &ldquo;Kayak of ground transportation&rdquo; that aggregates over 300 rideshare services, announced today that it will integrate carpooling into its app. This move comes on the heels of recent announcements from Uber and Lyft, which on the same day earlier this month revealed they would gradually begin to allow their users to carpool. While ridesharing has up to this point been a mostly single-user service, Ridescout&rsquo;s announcement reinforces a general trend toward multi-user integration.</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/105937332/weekly-news-round-up-for-august-4-2014-musk-martha-and-monuments Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/y6/y6sa3nbrnw2xq3x2.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106106156/guggenheim-bullies-journalist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016117/gentrification-and-the-persistence-of-poor-minority-neighborhoods" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106016118/archbishop-emeritus-desmond-tutu-called-for-the-suspension-of-the-israeli-architects-association-from-an-international-architectural-body" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/106097322/controversial-new-app-will-keep-you-away-from-sketchy-areas Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-08T14:38:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T12:52:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3b/3b3de66e42849c50f14863a6c9e624a0.jpg" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SketchFactor ... is a Manhattan-based navigation app that crowdsources user experiences along with publicly available data to rate the relative "sketchiness" of certain areas in major cities. [...] The founders are also bracing for potential complications from an app that asks anonymous users to judge a neighborhood's sketchiness. After all, fear can be subjective. And the site could be vulnerable to criticisms regarding the degree to which race is used to profile a neighborhood.</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/105865778/stash-digital-treasure-at-physical-locations-with-traces-app Stash digital treasure at physical locations with Traces app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-05T14:47:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:41:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/18/18ovskbrjft0u3aj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Traces] helps users bridge the disconnect between their real and digital worlds, in order to tackle anxiety caused by our online lives. Traces is a part messenger, part surprise-gifting service that lets users leave digital messages at physical locations for their friends to pick up with their smartphones when they are at those locations. [...] The sender can construct a digital gift using any combination of text, images, video, tickets and vouchers.</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/105327718/will-blexting-help-with-detroit-blight Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/9d/9d3dfb9154366e1f6543526a9296ff20.jpg" width="650" height="440" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process &mdash; the awful-sounding &ldquo;blexting.&rdquo;) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several &ldquo;blexting bootcamps,&rdquo; will be held in coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/103247268/despite-successes-blight-still-threatens-detroit-s-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104799766/archinect-test-drives-fiftythree-s-pencil-and-paper-app-for-ipad Archinect test drives FiftyThree's Pencil and Paper app for iPad Alexander Walter 2014-07-25T10:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:24:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0y/0ylimespgbhvol5c.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since I spotted <a href="https://www.fiftythree.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FiftyThree</a>'s beautifully designed iPad pen, aptly called &ldquo;Pencil&rdquo;, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (like literally).</p><p>Made by the creators of the award-winning &ldquo;Paper&rdquo; drawing and sketching app for the iPad, Pencil is promised to be &ldquo;the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper.&rdquo; Archinect reached out to FiftyThree, and a few days later, we received a Pencil in the mail &ndash; pretty packaging and all &ndash; for a test drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ei/eiyw0rnt1mf7zil3.jpg"></p><p>The first impression is thoroughly impressive: my Pencil's body is milled from a solid piece of premium-grade walnut (there's also a "Graphite" model sporting a handsome seamless brushed aluminum body) with an eraser tip on one end and a tapered rubber-coated tip on the other end. No cheap plastic here, no buttons to push, no distracting LED diodes flashing. Inspired by the iconic form and dimensions of the carpenter pencil, the design and engineering team of Pencil really set out to turn a cutting-edge high-tech device into a ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104709729/helsinki-s-ambitious-plan-to-make-car-ownership-pointless-in-10-years Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-21T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T10:19:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6a/6aq22pjnlm9namdq.jpg" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Helsinki] has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 ... allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. [...] Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and ... the app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries</p></em><br /><br /><p>Where apps and mass transit collide, commuters struggle most with coordination. Now, with so many different forms of transit, both public and privately mediated, commuters (and cities) need navigation tools that compare all options for them. Making this as accessible as possible, as Helsinki is trying to do, also eases the transition away from private-car ownership, by making all types of transportations options seem just as imminently accessible as your car in the driveway.</p><p>The U.S. is also experimenting with these "point-to-point", "mobility on demand" transit systems. <a href="http://www.bridj.com/#new-page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bridj</a>, a new bus company in Boston, doesn't actually own buses but will create routes, nearly in real-time, based on rider's mobility data, and then contract actual bus companies to get people where they need to go.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102859401/muscovites-are-voting-by-smartphone-on-whether-to-demolish-a-beloved-modernist-landmark Muscovites are voting by smartphone on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark Alexander Walter 2014-06-27T12:56:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T13:36:08-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/20/20329af5d6fce96ea458eb24f943753b.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Moscow city government is asking citizens to weigh in on the fate of the Shukhov radio tower, a rusted icon of Soviet constructivist architecture that&rsquo;s threatened with demolition. [...] The vote, which began this week and runs until July 6, is being held on Active Citizen, an iOS and Android app released by the city last month. The app polls citizens on topics such as street-tree planting and changes to daylight savings time.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>UPDATE:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106941872/moscow-puts-iconic-shukhov-tower-on-protected-landmark-list" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moscow Puts Iconic Shukhov Tower on Protected Landmark List</a></p><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/95870906/architects-try-to-save-a-tower-in-moscow" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Try to Save a Tower in Moscow</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/101638841/an-app-to-crowd-source-urban-disruptions An App to Crowd-Source Urban Disruptions Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-11T17:06:00-04:00 >2014-06-17T17:33:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/63/6329eb8a7657f66ec5bbe9c6874407dc.jpg" width="650" height="535" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Maa2too3a, or &lsquo;Happin&rsquo; in English, is a free app that uses news and crowd-sourced information to geo-tag disruptive events in the city as they occur, allowing users to mitigate risks or simply save time by avoiding them. Launched in May 2013, the app now has over 100,000 users, according to the developer, Mohammed Taha. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a tool to keep people safe,&rdquo; he says. And on calmer days, it can be used to simply avoid traffic jams or other routine problems.</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/88755037/parsons-and-the-met-team-up-to-increase-accessibility-for-disabled Parsons and the Met team up to increase accessibility for disabled Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-13T14:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-19T15:23:28-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d7/d7pyl0r91mpu0kpk.jpg" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> As virtual access to art collections expands through online walk-throughs and projects like Google&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.google.com/opengallery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Open Gallery</a>, museums have long been experimenting within their own halls with ways to accommodate a wider range of visitors,&nbsp;particularly those with disabilities. Historically, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/arts/artsspecial/welcoming-art-lovers-with-disabilities.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museums have been leaders in the field of accessible institutional design</a>, whether through improvised additions or new technology. In a collaboration between the <a href="http://www.metmuseum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Metropolitan Museum of Art</a> and Parsons The New School for Design, students in the <a href="http://amt.parsons.edu/%E2%80%8E" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Art, Media, and Technology</a> have focused on how both physical and online resources can optimize the museum experience for people with disabilities.</p> <p> Working under the <a href="http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design and Technology masters program</a> and alongside education specialists at the Met, Parsons&rsquo; students spent the last semester designing a host of physical and digital tools to not only make museum resources more accessible, but to serve and benefit the public at large. Their work, including a...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/88213328/your-phone-could-soon-become-a-3d-scanner Your phone could soon become a 3D scanner Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-06T13:49:00-05:00 >2013-12-11T09:58:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3y/3yfsf29i4icjehgy.jpg" width="650" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most of us have gotten used to smartphones replacing long-established devices such as cameras and music players. Soon, however, they might be taking over the duties of something that is itself an emerging technology &ndash; the 3D scanner. Researchers at ETH Zurich have created an app that allows an ordinary smartphone to capture and display three-dimensional models of real-world objects, for subsequent finessing or even 3D printing.</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>