Archinect - News 2014-07-23T00:07:55-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/102251007/mini-robots-may-outcompete-3d-printing-in-the-evolution-of-construction Mini-robots may outcompete 3D printing in the evolution of construction Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-19T14:59:00-04:00 >2014-06-24T17:52:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63cf6ad58829190db98bbc1cdede1533.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A team of researchers from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia are working on another solution: A swarm of tiny robots that could cover the construction site of the future, quickly and cheaply building greener buildings of any size. [...] "The robots can work simultaneously while performing different tasks, and having a fixed size they can create objects of virtually any scale, as far as material properties permit&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Check out the Minibuilders in action below:</p><p></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85314389/fast-cheap-and-accredited-competency-based-higher-ed Fast, cheap and... accredited? "Competency-based" higher-ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-29T21:11:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T23:10:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6r/6rxvaxud9i0kinow.jpg" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What if you could earn a degree as quickly or slowly as you can learn, regardless of whether you plodded through 80 hours in a classroom lecture? That could be the next wave of higher education, as schools come under more pressure to cut costs while proving the value of expensive degrees and competing with the growing number of high-quality free online courses. Call it the decoupling of instruction and testing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Competency-based education" is the radical new initiative where students pay institutions (pending admittance) a flat, per-semester rate to attend whichever college courses they like. Degrees are awarded when a student passes a "competency" test, regardless of how many units they took or how well they performed in class.&nbsp;</p> <p> The University of Wisconsin, one of several institutions to develop this type of educational format, is set to launch its highly scrutinized "<a href="http://flex.wisconsin.edu" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flex-Option</a>" pilot program this November. The program targets adults who have yet to acquire a bachelor degree, which could mean drastically altering the demographics of higher education, as well as grade-based degree systems. The model could also help turn the process of school-degree-job on its head, as students can overstep course-requirements by using work experience to pass department tests.</p> <p> The experimental option only extends to a few bachelor programs, but will certainly expand if successful. Should this apply ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60333635/rich-x-rich Rich X Rich Orhan Ayyüce 2012-10-30T00:09:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:51:18-05:00 <p> Double happiness by Zaha Hadid and Philippe Starck&nbsp;.</p> <p> A house for Russian billionaire and his gf Naomi Campbell. And a Steve Job design directed yacht called Venus.&nbsp;</p> <p> Architects +&nbsp;Architecture + the power of money.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r9/r9s6lkvp34k8levz.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>"Taking over the galaxy? Naomi Campbell's Russian billionaire boyfriend builds her a house that looks like a spaceship by Zaha Hadid</em><em>, who&nbsp;specializes&nbsp;in ecostyle buildings and was also the brains behind famous buildings including the opera house in Guangzhou and the Olympics Aquatics Center in London."</em><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2223241/Naomi-Campbells-Russian-billionaire-boyfriend-builds-house-looks-like-spaceship.html?ito=feeds-newsxml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Mail</a></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5y/5y7rbmtrwjf43ojv.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;I know that it&rsquo;s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don&rsquo;t, it&rsquo;s an admission that I&rsquo;m about to die.&rdquo; </em><a href="http://mashable.com/2012/10/28/steve-jobs-yacht-revealed/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mashable</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/45565519/a-prefab-short-on-the-fab A Prefab, Short on the Fab Archinect 2012-04-19T15:52:00-04:00 >2012-04-25T10:07:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7cc7cd11360b96e788ce4c79b7f12bc.jpg" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Affordability, along with a minimalist aesthetic, were the reasons she decided on a prefab house &mdash; points on which Mr. Buryk, who had years before remodeled a 100-year-old house in Portland, Ore., wholeheartedly agreed. &ldquo;I, similar to Zoe, was coming from a place of not wanting to do that again,&rdquo; he said. But it wasn&rsquo;t quite as affordable as they had hoped. The house cost $260,000 to build, from start to finish (the kit itself was $47,000) &mdash; nearly $100,000 more than they&rsquo;d expected.</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/36541130/a-house-built-from-more-than-a-billion-euros A house built from more than a billion euros Nam Henderson 2012-02-01T11:51:00-05:00 >2012-02-05T16:18:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qs/qsiopn1vzt4u00u6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The house is constructed from sheets of plywood and frames donated by a local DIY shop. The outside walls are built from stacked bricks while inside, the shredded euros are used to plaster the walls and carpet the floor. It has a double glazed window, a high security front door and a toilet.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Artist Frank Buckley decided to express his anger about the property boom and bust by building a house from more than a billion euros of decommissioned notes.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/5879722/zaha-hadid-makes-rich-list-for-first-time Zaha Hadid makes rich list for first time Paul Petrunia 2011-05-10T16:05:55-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1i/1ipizu0grmv1mpti.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zaha Hadid has made the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time, with her personal wealth estimated at &pound;37 million. Hadid features in the extended list of the UK&rsquo;s 2,000 wealthiest people, due to be published in full later this month. The threshold for entering the top 1000 is &pound;70 million.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously discussed: <a href="http://archinect.com/forum/thread/105401/zaha-hadid-to-make-100-staff-redundant" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid to make 100 staff redundant</a></p>