Archinect - News 2014-09-16T11:50:25-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105554296/the-new-elevator-technology-that-will-let-cities-soar-far-higher The new elevator technology that will let cities soar far higher Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:28:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:54:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2d/2d9797b7cf9bdca79639231f5a2b53ff.jpg" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Enter the UltraRope, a new kind of lift cable developed by Finnish elevator company Kone. Eschewing woven steel cable in favour of carbon fibre, the UltraRope is described as &ldquo;lift-hoisting technology&rdquo; [...]. Strong and lightweight, the UltraRope will supposedly allow lifts to travel up to 1km in a single run, double what&rsquo;s currently possible with a steel cable. The UltraRope is 90% lighter than the equivalent steel cable, thereby reducing the load and enabling far taller continuous runs.</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/104485874/flaunting-foam-and-function-in-an-insulation-installation-at-makeshift-society-brooklyn Flaunting foam and function in An Insulation Installation at Makeshift Society Brooklyn Justine Testado 2014-07-18T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T19:23:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7aqv5rtuz593n4nn.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>From preventing drafts and keeping moisture out of walls, to being used as inexpensive material for crafting 3D models, rigid insulation foam is a familiar friend to many architects and designers during the creative process. But what to do with all those scraps?</p><p>Designers Elisa Werbler and Lucy Knops of <a href="http://thefoamagency.tumblr.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Foam Agency</a> (TFA) are inviting architects and designers around the Brooklyn community to send their foam scraps to be permanently showcased in<em> An Insulation Installation</em> at the <a href="http://makeshiftsociety.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Makeshift Society</a>'s newest location in Brooklyn.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://www.bustler.net/images/uploads/TFA_GIF.gif"></p><p>The installation reclaims the foam back to their original place in a transparent wall, while also sharing the back-stories of the collected foam pieces that'll add a collaborative vibe to the Makeshift space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8q/8qpfb8x1967px5my.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nm/nm8zgyijfueiujwt.jpg"></p><p>Werbler and Knops -- who are both product design grad students at New York's School of Visual Arts and are doing their summer residency at Makeshift -- established The Foam Agency this year to celebrate the foam and its purpose in the creative process.</p><p>TFA'...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84774322/mushroom-plastics-initiative-ecovative-wins-2013-buckminster-fuller-challenge ‘Mushroom Plastics’ initiative Ecovative wins 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Alexander Walter 2013-10-22T19:00:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:49:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ja/jar1v72eds3e2ziz.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the past few weeks, the Buckminster Fuller Institute has been introducing numerous finalist entries for the sixth annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge [...]. Today now, the BFI announced the overall challenge winner: Ecovative, a Green Island, NY-based materials science company that has developed a new class of home-compostable bio-plastics based on living organisms, mushroom mycelia &mdash; a high-performing, environmentally responsible alternative to traditional plastic materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The 'mushroom material' inventors, Eben Bayer, Gavin McIntyre, and the <a href="http://www.ecovativedesign.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecovative</a> Team, will be awarded the $100,000 cash prize at a ceremony at Cooper Union in New York City on November 18, 2013.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84241366/announcing-the-2013-buckminster-fuller-challenge-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalists</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/83829396/doris-sung-s-living-architecture-morphs-to-protect-from-the-elements Doris Sung's Living Architecture Morphs To Protect From The Elements Alexander Walter 2013-10-10T14:30:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:20:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3f48e9f4e1f725a05aec96d3ec5e014.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Doris Sung was growing up she had several ideas about how architecture was supposed to be. From what she knew it was static, immovable, and didn't allow much room for experimentation and creativity. Fast-forward several years later, and Sung is now wildly experimenting with building mediums and metals, computer software, and nature itself to create interactive designs that respond to environmental stimuli, essentially coming to life.</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/44894365/signal-box-green-mao-pavilion-runnerup-to-10up-2012-yaf-atlanta SIGNAL BOX / GREEN MAO PAVILION (RUNNERUP TO 10up - 2012 - YAF Atlanta) hoyouwantti 2012-04-13T20:33:00-04:00 >2012-04-14T19:31:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rd/rdhh5svi35pu38vu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Historically, the signal box, or the switch tower, has been a crucial piece of railway infrastructure, guiding railcars at these junctions to their designated lines. These prosthetic armatures were manually operated logistical nodes in the heyday of railway commuting. As technology progressed, electric operation of the railway network was made possible through electronic control, allowing for larger and more centralized signaling nodes. It therefore quickly made the existing signal boxes defunct and a relic of an analog past.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ti/tit5cts7rtmclj7m.jpg" title=""></p> <p> With the absence of the railway along Atlanta&rsquo;s Beltline, the proposal of the Signal Box is a mnemonic tower that recalls an important, economic thoroughfare of an historic era. As part of the city&rsquo;s strategy to reassert the presence of the beltline through proposals of urban renewal, the Signal Box stands- first, as an object representing global imperatives, and second, as a space for contemplation on the Beltline&rsquo;s history and remediated future.</p> <p> This...</p>