Archinect - News 2014-07-22T11:41:10-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/34603317/editor-s-picks-246 Editor's Picks #246 Nam Henderson 2012-01-15T13:46:00-05:00 >2012-01-16T12:24:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/se/se5esefge156ydwk.jpg" width="514" height="765" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archinect member applet sounded offended by Sherin&rsquo;s focus on passive technologies writing "The information you are writing is so main stream and only shows you are just discovering things known to first year architecture and design students". Yet, as Amy Leedham, correctly pointed out "While the passive strategies here sound obvious and simple, most people are not using them, hence the need to remind people."</p></em><br /><br /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/20580749/sherin-wing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sherin Wing</a>,&nbsp;brought the research for the newest installment of the COUNTOURS feature, wherein she looks at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/33911556/contours-new-energy-efficient-technologies-part-1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New, Energy-Efficient Technologies</a>,&nbsp;in which she explores passive technologies such as the <a href="http://www.arch.utah.edu/news/?p=160" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar shading&nbsp;CRATE system</a>,&nbsp; developed by a team consisting of Professor Ryan E. Smith, graduate students, and researchers from 3form.<br> Since it is titled Part 1, I look forward with interest for the rest of the installments.</p> <p> However,&nbsp;Archinect member <strong>applet</strong> sounded offended by Sherin&rsquo;s focus on passive technologies writing "The information you are writing is so main stream and only shows you are just discovering things known to first year architecture and design students. Just don't lecture architects about them". Yet, as <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/8361592/amy-leedham" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amy Leedham</a>,&nbsp;correctly pointed out "<em>Architects may have been employing passive strategies for 'thousands' of years but clearly many forgot most of these lessons since the invention of electricity as evidenced by the numerous glass boxes designed for the desert ...</em></p>