Archinect - News 2014-04-24T20:33:31-04:00 ‘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="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalists</a></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" 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>