Archinect - News 2015-07-04T07:52:53-04:00 Apple Maps puts its own cars on the streets, in uphill battle against Google Maps Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-10T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-06-15T21:17:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So will Apple&rsquo;s version of street-based imagery simply be a direct copy of Street View? Possibly not. A patent filed back in 2013 mentions &ldquo;3D Position Tracking for Panoramic Imagery Navigation,&rdquo; and the filing is disparaging of existing imaging software, calling it a &ldquo;tedious experience,&rdquo; though it doesn&rsquo;t mention Google Street View by name.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple under fire for not hiring construction workers with past felonies for their new campus Nicholas Korody 2015-04-07T15:22:00-04:00 >2015-04-07T15:53:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A state senator on Monday expressed his concerns about Apple&rsquo;s policy of not hiring construction workers with past felony convictions at the tech giant&rsquo;s new campus... Union leaders told The Chronicle that several workers suddenly lost their jobs building Apple&rsquo;s new campus in January because they had past felony convictions. [State Sen. Mark] Leno called the situation &ldquo;equally surprising and disturbing...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> With the Apple Watch coming soon, Jony Ive is already revamping the Apple Store design for its arrival Alexander Walter 2015-02-17T17:34:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T21:28:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail head Angela Ahrendts are working together on a redesign of Apple's retail stores &mdash;&nbsp;a different approach that will make them better suited for selling the fashionable Apple Watch, according to a new report. [...] And while Apple Stores are known for their carpet-less floors, Ive did tell Parker that he overheard someone say they wouldn't buy a watch from a store if they weren't standing on carpet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Drone footage shows the latest construction status of the Foster-designed Apple campus Archinect 2015-01-05T11:55:00-05:00 >2015-01-07T11:58:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Construction is moving along on Apple's new concentric campus dubbed the "spaceship". Today high resolution drone footage was released (unofficially) showing the current status.&nbsp;</p> Why Steve Jobs Obsessed About Office Design (And, Yes, Bathroom Locations) Archinect 2014-10-08T19:50:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T09:08:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Steve Jobs designed a new headquarters for Pixar, he obsessed over ways to structure the atrium, and even where to locate the bathrooms, so that serendipitous personal encounters would occur. Among his last creations was the plan for Apple&rsquo;s new signature headquarters, a circle with rings of open workspaces surrounding a central courtyard.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Big businesses and baby steps: Weekly News Round-Up for September 22 and 29, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-06T18:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-09T12:43:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="486" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, October 3:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eisenhower Memorial clears key hurdle on Gehry design</a>: In a positive step for the Memorial's Approving Process Odyssey,&nbsp;the National Capital Planning Commission&nbsp;has OK'd the Commission on Fine Arts (the other federal body that must approve the design) to vote on the Memorial.</li><li><a title="Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Where are the women? Measuring progress on gender in architecture</a>: A series of infographics on the representation of women in architectural practice and education, courtesy of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ACSA</a>.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 1:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim plans New York expansion&hellip; again</a>: Not for more art space (Gehry tried that before) but for offices.</li><li><a title="Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaera-Polo steps down as dean of Princeton's School of Architecture</a>: From the press release: "the school's former dean, Professor Stanley T. Allen, will serve as acting dean until a permanent successor is appointed and that Professor Allen will chair the search for the new dean."</li><li><a title="Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tiny Spanish Island to be First Energy Self-Sufficient Island</a>: The 10,000 population island will use renewable e...</li></ul> Apple 2 campus taking shape, NCARB names names, and cities sell out: News Round-Up for September 2, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-09T18:04:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:31:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Friday, September 5:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles</a>: Beijingers can insert a recyclable bottle and receive equivalent rebates in train fares or mobile phone credits.</li><li><a title="Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a>: Thousands of Brazil's bus stops are unmarked, leading fed-up residents to install their own signage under the Que &Ocirc;nibus Passa Aqui?<em>&nbsp;</em>(Which Bus Stops Here?) program, one of the world's biggest community projects.</li><li><a title="Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Town Becomes a Beer Ad, but Residents Don&rsquo;t Feel Like a Party</a>: Crested Butte, Colorado, population 1,500, was outfitted for a three-day party to publicize Bud Light, with 1,000 partiers vetted and shipped in by Anheuser-Busch. The town's Mayor agreed to host the party to the tune of $500,000, in part to help boost the town's mostly tourist economy during the difficult "shoulder" season between summer and winter.</li><li><a title="Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry's Revised Eisenhower Memorial Loses Two Controversial Tapestries, But Concerns Remain</a>: Nitpicking continues over the Memori...</li></ul> Marc Newson to Join Apple, Jony Ive's Design Team Archinect 2014-09-05T17:59:00-04:00 >2014-09-05T18:04:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Newson, who will continue to be based in the United Kingdom, will be an employee of Apple, and will be frequently traveling to the company&rsquo;s Cupertino, California, headquarters. The industrial designer has had his work archived by MoMA, and has been commissioned by Ford, Nike, and Qantas Airways, among others. Ive and Newson, who have been close friends for years, have been spending time together over the past year. During that time, they have also worked on some designs for Apple.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Wait. You can trademark the layout of a store? Archinect 2014-07-16T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The trademark effort was reportedly spurred by copycat competitors seeking to emulate the Steve Jobs-inspired minimalism (and massive business success) of Apple&rsquo;s retail store. Alleged store copycat Microsoft, by the way, has its own trademark on its not-at-all-inspired-by-Apple retail stores...</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Microsoft's trademark layout</em></p><p>Of course, it isn&rsquo;t just dueling technology giants trademarking their retail layouts. The term of art for this kind of intellectual property protection is &ldquo;trade dress,&rdquo; and it has long been a staple of the retail world.</p> First photos of enormous facade element for Apple's UFO Archinect 2014-07-08T19:53:00-04:00 >2014-07-09T12:38:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="299" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Photos have emerged of what looks like the first facade piece for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple's new mega HQ</a>.</p><p>While civil engineering is now well underway at the site in Cupertino, California, the facade element was spotted thousands of miles away in the tiny Bavarian town of Gundelfingen. Josef Gartner GmbH, a Germany company specialized in steel-and-glass construction, had won the contract to deliver the facade elements for Apple's UFO, and it appears that the first prototype has now been put on display for presentation and testing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Images show how the minimal curvature of the facade element foreshadows the colossal scale of the final, completed building with two of these elements eventually stacked on top of each other.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Completion of the&nbsp;Foster + Partners-designed headquarters is expected for 2016.</p><p><em>H/T and photos: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ifun</a></em></p><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Confidential" architectural drawings of new Apple HQ leaked</a></p> Apple's HomeKit turns the iPhone into a remote for your smart home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-02T14:53:00-04:00 >2014-06-02T19:56:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a feature called HomeKit that's coming in iOS 8, iPhones will be able to start controlling smart devices, such as garage door openers, lights, and security cameras. It'll all be controllable through Siri too [...] It's only a matter of time before major tech companies begin vying to be the thread that connects appliances and devices throughout your home, and this seems to be Apple's first step in the door.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson and Eckersley O'Callaghan tapped for Apple's upcoming Madison Avenue store Archinect 2014-05-19T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:00:18-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Longtime partners Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson and Eckersley O'Callaghan have been brought in to revamp the 93-year-old former United States Mortgage and Trust Company building at the corner of East 74th Street and Madison Avenue, according to New York City building permits.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Istanbul's new ultra-minimal Apple Store showcases a seamess glass box protruding from the ground Archinect 2014-04-04T17:36:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:32:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The compact, two-level store itself is entirely under the plaza, but is topped by a first-ever rectangular &ldquo;penthouse&rdquo; composed of four single panes of glass and a roof. Portions of the store are visible through the windows from the plaza level. The store&rsquo;s two glass staircases are also visible through huge glass panes over the top of each stair run on the sides of the store.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br>Photo by Instagram user <a href="" target="_blank">orbaygumus</a></p> $450K panel of glass at Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue ‘Cube’ store shattered by snowblower Archinect 2014-01-22T14:21:00-05:00 >2014-01-23T15:26:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Several readers are reporting that a snowblower has accidentally knocked into and shattered one of the large glass panels at Apple&rsquo;s iconic 5th avenue Apple Store. That&rsquo;s one of 15 panels, and those large slices of glass were installed a couple of years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination Alexander Walter 2013-12-02T13:32:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:46:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The simple logic: Individuals who collaborate are creative. Consequently, all boundaries must disappear, including floors and walls. Private offices no longer exist, not even for top management. The open creative playground is the prevailing fundamental design of the digital economy. Those who don't already have it, have to create it. Stragglers like Microsoft, Yahoo and SAP are gutting their buildings and eliminating many offices.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Read more about workplace design in the knowledge economy in Archinect's latest <em>Aftershock</em> feature, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Serendipity Machines" and the Future of Workplace Design</a>.</p> Archinect iPhone app updated for iOS 7 Archinect 2013-11-05T11:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-06T11:01:29-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> We've updated the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect iPhone app</a> with a subtle user interface refresh for iOS 7 users. We've also made a few other minor style updates and bug fixes.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""><br><em><strong>Left</strong>: main "highlights" screen / <strong>Right</strong>: article screen</em></p> <p> As with the previous releases of the Archinect app, we've focused on simplicity, providing you with highlighted content, jobs, and a fully interactive discussion forum.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""><br><em><strong>Left</strong>: bottom of article screen / <strong>Right</strong>: article comments</em></p> <p> Engage with other Archinect members by logging in and joining the conversation.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""><br><em><strong>Left</strong>: jobs screen / <strong>Right</strong>: detailed job description screen</em></p> <p> Stay up-to-date on the latest job opportunities while you're on the go. Our search function in the Jobs section allows you to quickly narrow down the exhaustive list of jobs to the location or job type that matches your needs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""><br><em><strong>Left</strong>: discussion forum screen / <strong>Right</strong>: image gallery screen</em></p> <p> Since launching our app last year, tens of thousands of people have been using the Archinect app on a daily basis, a...</p> Cupertino council clears huge Apple 'spaceship' campus for liftoff Archinect 2013-10-16T11:31:00-04:00 >2013-10-23T20:57:59-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Apple's proposed new spaceship-shaped headquarters got a super-charged blast-off Tuesday night when the Cupertino City Council voted unanimously to approve the 2.8-million-square-foot behemoth beside Interstate 280, fulfilling a dream of co-founder Steve Jobs, hatching an iconic landmark for Silicon Valley, and promising more congestion in an already traffic-challenged region for decades to come.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple headquarters plan moves forward; Foster + Partners seek architects in Cupertino Archinect 2013-10-04T11:50:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:29:15-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Planning Commission in Cupertino, where Apple has its current headquarters, endorsed the project this week. It now goes to the City Council, which is expected to vote on it on Oct. 15.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As news spreads that Apple's new Cupertino headquarters moves closer to approval, Foster + Partners pushes forward with recruiting architects for the high-profile California project. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See their current job openings here</a>.</p> Apple patents Shanghai Apple Store's glass cylinder entryway; Steve Jobs co-credited as inventor Archinect 2013-10-01T13:36:00-04:00 >2013-10-01T13:36:35-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Like the flagship Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York, the Shanghai cylinder is made almost entirely out of huge monolithic glass slabs, with only connecting joints fashioned out of metal. The Chinese build is more complex, however, as the specifications required the glass pieces required be curved to form arcs. These panels were then joined to create a circle and ultimately a cylinder.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple’s new architectural design language makes its debut in Stanford Archinect 2013-09-03T20:52:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T19:37:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The design and space organization simplifies the visual experience for passersby and visitors even more than current designs. It also provides unprecedented visibility into the store from nearly 315 degrees, including from the sides as mall visitors arrive from other points in the mall. In the photo above, the underside of the overhanding roof is visible, covered with stainless steel panels. The back wall of the store is medium-gray stone framing the back-lit graphic displays.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple store unearths hospital ruins in Madrid, but construction continues without delay Archinect 2013-07-10T23:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:57:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The director of the Madrid heritage department, Jaime Ignacio Mu&ntilde;oz of the Popular Party, explained to EL PA&Iacute;S that Apple had been instructed to change the flooring of the basement so as to &ldquo;symbolically&rdquo; trace the outline of these newly discovered walls. The walls themselves will then be covered up again so the floor of the new store can be placed on top. The actual original foundations of the hospital will not be visible.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple is rumored to hire Foster to revamp its retail stores Archinect 2013-04-11T15:01:00-04:00 >2013-04-13T02:15:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sources close to the project said Foster + Partners... is helping Apple on the retail store design brief.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has reached out to us about an error in the cited article at Marketing Magazine...</p> <p> <em>The Regent Street and Fifth Avenue Apple Store were not designed by Eight Inc., but by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.&nbsp; We also continue to have a very collaborative relationship with Apple Inc., and are fortunate to be working with their Retail Development Team on many new stores worldwide.</em></p> Apple trademarks design of its retail stores Archinect 2013-01-31T13:25:00-05:00 >2013-02-05T09:30:24-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple's request last week for trademarks on the minimalist design and layout of its retail outlets, the office's records show. The description of the trademarks includes "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and, within the store, an "oblong table with stools...set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler? Archinect 2012-09-20T19:00:00-04:00 >2012-09-26T13:31:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I&rsquo;m no architecture critic, but the word &ldquo;iconic&rdquo; keeps popping to mind. In an industry full of soulless suburban campuses, give Jeff Bezos &amp; Co. credit for building this in the city, at least.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The geeks speak on two new planned tech campuses. Which one do you prefer?</p> "Confidential" architectural drawings of new Apple HQ leaked Archinect 2012-09-07T16:52:00-04:00 >2012-09-13T21:58:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A reliable source provided us with some official blueprints for the Apple Campus 2 yesterday, and these are just a few of the images that illustrate the mammoth building currently being planned in Cupertino, Calif. A single one of these slides leaked out today, so we are putting these up now; we are resizing and still have to watermark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Firms credited on the drawings include Foster and Parters, ARUP, OLIN and Davis Langdon.</p> Apple Continues Pushing Boundaries of Glass for Architectural Applications Archinect 2012-07-17T17:06:00-04:00 >2012-07-19T10:25:32-04:00 <img src="" width="468" height="690" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's insane; the sides are made from a zigzagging yet continuous, seam-free piece of glass that looks to exceed 30 feet at its longest point.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gov. Brown gives fast-track status to Apple headquarters Archinect 2012-07-03T17:26:00-04:00 >2012-07-08T10:42:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Apple's state-of-the art campus brings at least $100 million dollars in investment to California and generates no additional greenhouse gas emissions," Brown said in a statement to this newspaper, listing two of the requirements Apple had met to qualify under the law. "On-site fuel cells and 650,000 square feet of solar panels will provide clean, renewable energy for more than 12,000 Apple employees on the new campus."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer sends brochure to Cupertino neighbors inviting feedback on new ‘Campus 2′ Paul Petrunia 2012-05-20T11:40:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T13:38:55-04:00 <img src="" width="489" height="655" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Campus 2, as it is currently called, will not replace the 1 Infinite Loop campus. Instead, it will provide &ldquo;research facility&rdquo; office space for an additional 13,000 employees, which is more than 3,000 than 1 Infinite Loop. There is also 300,000 feet of expansion space for future growth.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The scent of an Apple product, sourcing the Macbook Pro fragrance Archinect 2012-04-17T12:21:00-04:00 >2012-04-17T12:36:03-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A distinctive scent can be observed when unwrapping a newly purchased Apple product from its packaging. Apple fans will certainly recognize this smell. The scent created for Greatest Hits encompasses the smell of the plastic wrap covering the box, printed ink on the cardboard, the smell of paper and plastic components within the box and of course the aluminum laptop which has come straight from the factory where it was assembled in China.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Designer Phillippe Starck Says He's Working On 'Revolutionary' Product With Apple Archinect 2012-04-13T13:47:00-04:00 >2012-04-19T15:39:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="445" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The French designer Phillippe Starck said in a radio interview with France Info that he is working with Apple on a &ldquo;revolutionary&rdquo; new product that will be unveiled within the next 8 months. He gave no hint at what the product might be. He said he met regularly with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs before his death last October.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>