Archinect - News 2017-09-22T07:51:58-04:00 ZHA projects light on 18th century castle Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-20T14:08:00-04:00 >2017-09-20T14:08:24-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&lsquo;Behaviour Morphe&rsquo; is a collaboration between <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> (ZHA), digital artists and computer science researchers Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia, and musician Max Cooper. It consists of dynamic light mapping projections on Karlsruhe&rsquo;s Baroque castle in Germany. &nbsp;The piece was created for the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival, which presents projections on the 170 meters facade of the castle. Schlosslichtspiele marries digital art and 18th century German masonry to create unique works.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Behaviour Morphe&rsquo; by ZHA for Schlosslichtspiele Festival 2017</figcaption></figure><p>In &ldquo;Behaviour Morphe&rdquo; ZHA presents its latest digital spatial simulation tools used for the analysis and design of its architecture. The projection interacts with the spaces of the castle using real time data, highlighting the research of ZHA&rsquo;s Computational Design (ZH CODE) on iterative systems of development.</p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Behaviour Morphe&rsquo; by ZHA for Schlosslichtspiele Festival 2017</figcaption></figure><p>Musician Max Cooper said, &ldquo;ZHA's ideas and work fit well with ...</p> Is that Augmented Reality in your pocket? Morpholio updates their apps to take advantage of Apple's new ARKit Paul Petrunia 2017-09-19T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:52:06-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, just released today. One of the biggest updates that should get the attention of architects is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARKit</a>, Apple's new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a> framework. ARKit provides the opportunity to for Apple and 3rd party developers to create AR experiences anew, or to enhance existing applications for iPhone and iPad.</p> <p>Augmented reality is relatively old news, but the fact that this framework is now baked into the most popular mobile device in the world, soon to be married to Apple's latest AR-friendly hardware, is big news. Millions of people around the world will soon have some of the most advanced AR tools in their pockets, regardless if they want it. Businesses and app developers now have the opportunity to show the potential of AR to people without requiring them to purchase expensive new hardware and software.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a>, a company that we've covered previously on Archinect, is dedicated to bringing this new technology to architects and interior des...</p> Closer look: FR-EE's Hyperloop One Mexico City-Guadalajara route proposal Justine Testado 2017-09-18T19:43:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T13:41:44-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Out of over 2,600 entries, a multi-disciplinary consortium led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fernando Romero / FR-EE</a> was recently announced as one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 winning teams in the Hyperloop One Global Challenge</a> with the proposal &ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexloop</a>&rdquo;, the 330-mile Mexico-Guadalajara route. The Mexloop project builds on Mexico's ambitious $600 billion public works investment under the National Infrastructure Program.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The team submitted concepts for Mexloop's inter-modal station designs and locations, route infrastructure, public space, the pods, and logistics. Aiming to alleviate traffic in one of the world's most congested cities, Mexloop will connect Central Mexico&rsquo;s major population, cultural, industrial, and manufacturing centers into one new &lsquo;Megalopolis&rsquo; of 42 million people that is projected to grow to 60 million by 2050, the Mexloop team describes.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; FR-EE.</figcaption></figure><p>The Mexloop corridor will reduce travel time between Mexico City and Guadalajara to 38 minutes, at a spe...</p></figure> Renault's Symbioz is a self-driving car that becomes one with your house Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-18T15:45:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T13:41:49-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renault</a> recently revealed their new concept for an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">autonomous vehicle</a>&nbsp;that fully integrates into one's home. Called the Symbioz, the idea seems obvious enough&mdash;many models for self-driving <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">vehicles</a> have interiors that convert into arrangements typical of the living room and this one comes dressed in wood, marble, felt and porcelain afforded by its large car proportions.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo courtesy of Facebook page @Renault.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Beyond the interior, the car and home share energy that is distributed through a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart grid</a>. This system allows&nbsp;the home to use power stored in the batteries of the car temporarily for lights, screens, and home appliances during periods of peak use or in the event of a blackout.&nbsp;In reverse,&nbsp;drivers can program their car to use the home&rsquo;s energy for recharging when needed. Additionally, the car can plan ahead and adapt to usage by syncing to the owner's calendar and drawing charge from the grid accordingly.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Drivers can switch between manual and autonomous modes of driving and w...</p> From Chicago to Pittsburgh in 47 minutes: Hyperloop One Global Challenge announces 10 winning teams & routes in North America, Europe, South Asia Alexander Walter 2017-09-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:31:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Hyperloop One just announced the winners of its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global challenge</a>, unveiling ten teams from five countries with their proposals of the strongest routes for future <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> connections. As a next step, the company plans to work with the teams and expert business and engineering partners to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability.</p> <p>Architecture &amp; engineering giant <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> was announced in a supporting function in a newly formed public-private partnership between Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch a feasibility study in Colorado examining transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes, regulatory environments as well as alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.</p> <p>The ten winning route proposals (listed below) connect 53 urban centers and impact nearly 150 million people in Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the company says.<br></p> <p><strong>United States: Chicago-&shy;Columbus-&shy;Pittsburgh</strong><br>4...</p> Christopher Hawthorne: Apple and Amazon's architectural visions "owe nothing to the American city" Alexander Walter 2017-09-14T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-09-14T18:00:43-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It has also been remarkable to watch Amazon pursue a dramatically different strategy. Its plans for a second headquarters suggest that in terms of architecture and campus planning it wants to be everything Apple is not. It wants to lean into the city &mdash; and thorny questions about gentrification and housing prices, to the extent that they will be a natural byproduct of this process &mdash; rather than away from it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Though he took a very different path to get there," Hawthorne writes in his <em>LAT</em> opinion piece analyzing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a>'s lofty headquarters ambitions with a focus on urban integration (or the complete lack thereof), "Bezos ultimately reached the same conclusion Jobs did: that the wealthiest and most powerful tech companies owe nothing to the American city."</p> DAZZLE, new interactive installation at the San Diego Airport, is inspired by a camouflage technique used on ships during WWI Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-14T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-18T12:19:19-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ueberall International,</a> an LA based design firm, in partnership with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">E Ink</a>&nbsp;created DAZZLE, an interactive work of public art at the San Diego airport's new rental car station.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>DAZZLE. Image: E ink</figcaption></figure><p>The interactive facade is created with e-paper, a technology similarly used in e-readers, but applied here on an architectural scale. Made with over 2,000 interactive tiles, the installation spans a third of a mile.&nbsp;The design is inspired by Norman Wilkinson&rsquo;s &ldquo;Razzle Dazzle&rdquo; camouflage technique used on ships during World War I.<br></p> <figure><p><img src=";w=514"></p><figcaption>Razzle Dazzle on WWI ship. Image via Wikipedia. </figcaption><p><br></p><p>Watch the video of the instillation bellow:</p></figure> Recode captures Apple's new campus while covering yesterday's big iPhone X event Paul Petrunia 2017-09-13T18:59:00-04:00 >2017-09-17T22:21:27-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Apple&rsquo;s iPhone X event yesterday wasn&rsquo;t just about its latest pocket computer. It was also its first opportunity to show off its ambitious new Apple Park &ldquo;spaceship&rdquo; campus to the hundreds of journalists, industry executives and &ldquo;friends of Apple&rdquo; in attendance.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Recode's Dan Frommer</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Recode's Dan Frommer</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Recode's Dan Frommer</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Recode's Dan Frommer</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo by Recode's Dan Frommer</figcaption></figure><p>Check out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">article on Recode</a> for the full photo gallery.&nbsp;</p> "An exuberant bygone optimism:" dead malls become poignant architectural relics Julia Ingalls 2017-09-12T15:39:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T14:40:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m looking for subtle signifiers of an exuberant bygone optimism,&rdquo; [Photographer Tag Christof] said. &ldquo;Whether people realize it or not, the things I photograph are the direct result of a system that defines progress only in economic terms.&rdquo; Christof...has spent the last five years crisscrossing the country in an effort to document architectural sites vanishing from the landscape.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Whether you spent your teenage years moodily occupying the food court or have experienced malls primarily as ruin porn, the architectural significance of these former bustling commercial centers can't be overstated. A kind of high water mark of capitalism, the shuttered and demolished malls profiled in this piece for The Outline represent a country whose narrative was mainly shaped by a robust middle class and a belief in national infallibility, two things that are noticeably weakened in the present era. While nostalgia is usually always the end result of oversimplification, it's hard to argue with the fact that in the last few decades the commercial infrastructure of the United States has undergone a dramatic shift, both physically and symbolically.&nbsp;</p> The New York Times picks Denver for Amazon's new headquarters Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-09-11T15:26:00-04:00 >2017-09-13T00:03:45-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Amazon has set off a scrum among cities that are hoping to land the company&rsquo;s second headquarters &mdash; with the winner getting the prize of a $5 billion investment and 50,000 new jobs over the next two decades. (Denver's) lifestyle and affordability, coupled with the supply of tech talent from nearby universities, has already helped build a thriving start-up scene in Denver and Boulder, 40 minutes away.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times suggests <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver</a> for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> new headquarters as it offers a large and growing labour pool, access to universities, high quality of life and enough space to build eight million square feet of office space. If Amazon was to follow the New York Times advice it could drastically change the face of Denver in the next years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> The Chicago Architecture Foundation announces the Chicago Architecture Center, to encompass both past and future design innovation Julia Ingalls 2017-09-07T17:22:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T18:20:53-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> is one of the global centers of the architectural world, not only for its rich history, but also as a stage for continuous innovation and design exploration. This lineage is a major part of why <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)</a> has decided to create the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC), a 20,000 square foot project replete with exhibition space, a lecture hall, custom design studios, retail space, and expansive views of the metropolitan skyline. With interiors created by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a> on a site plan originally designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mies van der Rohe</a>, the CAC will be the new home for the CAF.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>On a river cruise, as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Image: CAF</figcaption></figure><p>One of the coolest parts of the new interior has to be the Skyscape Gallery, which will be host to the permanent Tall Buildings and Innovation Exhibit. The exhibit will feature a 26-foot-tall "double-height" space allowing for a comprehensive investigation of tall buildings, from th...</p> How the Speed of Elevators Impacts our Urban Environment Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-07T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T17:23:44-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The first commercial passenger elevator was installed by Otis Elevator Company in 1857 and climbed at a glacial pace of 40 feet a minute, though it felt staggering at the time. Since then, we have come a long way both in terms of elevator speeds and in terms of the heights these elevators are needed to traverse in order to meet the needs of super-tall structures around the world. Today, an Otis elevator in Dubai soars at a speed of 22 mph, which is still less than half the speed of those topping&nbsp;new rankings for the fastest elevators in the world.<br></p> <p>Looking into the ways these improvements in elevator speeds have effected our urban environment,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat</a>&nbsp;has released new research&nbsp;in a study titled&nbsp;<em>Vertical Transport: Ascent &amp; Acceleration. </em>The study&nbsp;defines the fastest and longest elevator runs and shows a strong correlation between the increase in elevator speeds and the increase in skyscraper heights. As elevator technology advances and allows b...</p> Apple Campus will open its doors to the public next week for iPhone 8 launch Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T15:41:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T18:31:01-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Apple Campus</a> still remains incomplete, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> is moving forward with hosting the launch of their new iPhone 8 on site. The company sent out a media invite last Thursday with the tagline, "Let's meet at our place," confirming the location of the event. It will be the first time Apple has allowed large numbers of outsiders to visit the campus.</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Main campus, still incomplete. YouTube/Duncan Sinfield</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The reveal coincides with the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, launched in 2007. Rumored features include a 3D camera that can unlock the device using facial recognition, no more home button, wireless charging, OLED display technology with greater power efficiency, improved dual-lens camera, and an almost $1,000 price tag.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Steve Jobs Theater. YouTube/Duncan Sinfield</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The keynote speeches will be held at the Steve Jobs Theater, an 1,000 seat below ground auditorium that sits on top of the hill overlooking the main building. Visitors enter through a 20-foot-tall glass cylinder ...</p> See how Joseph Choma built the “Chakrasana” arch using his fiberglass folding technique Justine Testado 2017-09-05T14:23:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T14:23:25-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design Topology Lab</a> founder Joseph Choma continues to put his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fiberglass hand-folding technique</a> to the test in a new larger scale structure called &ldquo;Chakrasana&rdquo;, which is currently on display at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clemson University</a>, where Choma is an architecture professor.</p> <p>Weighing in at only 400 pounds, the accordion arch pavilion was designed, fabricated by hand, and installed by Choma and a team of four people within 30 days. Design Topology Lab further explains their fabrication process below:</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Joseph Choma.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Similar to paper folding, the process begins with a crease pattern composed of mountain and valley folds. Two 54 yard long rolls of 33.3" fiberglass cloth were stitched together using a full flat felled seam to create one continuous 32' 10" x 21' 9" sheet, with zero material waste. All the edges were precisely sewn to prevent sharp, rough or frayed edges. Using a painter's masking tape, a crease pattern was drawn on the fabric surface. The intricate pattern was composed of a total of 87...</p> Foster+Partners | Branch Technology, win NASA's 3D Printed Habitat Challenge Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-05T13:23:00-04:00 >2017-09-12T15:16:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The 3D Printed Habitat Challenge&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NASA</a>'s three-phase, $2.5 million competition&mdash;tasks architecture firms to generate and advance the construction technologies necessary for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">off-world habitats</a>. Each stage of the challenge asks the teams to design and test an individual prototypical building element that can be <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed</a> within a 22-hr time frame, while considering material restraints, geometric tolerances and autonomous performance.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Final printed dome. Image courtesy of Foster + Partners.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster+Partners</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Branch Technology</a> have teamed up to win the latest round of competition. The firm has been tasked with producing three beams, three cylinders, and a 1.5-meter dome out of indigenous Martian regolith and recyclable materials. Their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cylinder designs took first place</a> back in May as did their 3D printed beams. They have now won the last segment of the head-to-head competition with their domed structure that was able to take double the load of a competing concrete dome in the stress tes...</p> BIG's "Lego House" to be released as a real-life Lego set Julia Ingalls 2017-09-05T13:03:00-04:00 >2017-09-05T13:03:10-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In the meta news category, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels' full-scale "Lego House,"</a> inspired by the titular rectangular building blocks and slated to open later this month in Denmark, now apparently has a miniature version in the form of real Legos that will be available for sale only at the Lego House. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BrickFan</a>, the official Lego Architecture site briefly posted these pictures of the set before taking them down:&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><p><br></p><p>Here's a picture of the actual Lego House for comparison:</p><p><br></p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: YouTube</figcaption></figure></figure></figure> Win “The Structure of Design: An Engineer’s Extraordinary Life in Architecture” by Leslie E. Robertson! Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-09-01T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T20:47:11-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>&ldquo;The Structure of Design: An Engineer's Extraordinary Life in Architecture&rdquo; examines the long career of Leslie Earl Robertson, one of the most celebrated structural engineers in modern architecture. Thanks to publisher&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Monacelli Press</a>, Archinect is giving away five copies of the book to our readers! Read on for more about the book.</p> <p>In this personal and accessible chronicle of the engineer's innovative career, Robertson details the partnerships and problem-solving&nbsp;that&nbsp;have forged classics of modern architecture including the IBM buildings in Pittsburgh and Seattle, the World Trade Center in New York, AT&amp;T Headquarters in New York, the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the Suzhou Museum, the Miho Museum Bridge, and the Shanghai World Financial Center.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Photo courtesy of The Monacelli Press.</figcaption><p><br></p><p>Among other key projects, this book delves into the extensive collaborations with titans of architectural practice, as well as leading sculptors of ...</p></figure> Tour BIG’s Tirpitz Bunker Museum through NYT's Daily 360 Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-31T14:20:00-04:00 >2017-09-04T14:39:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Take a walk through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s controversial 2,800 m2&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bunker Museum</a> that opened this summer in Denmark&mdash;</p> <p><br></p> Amazon's new and enormous fulfillment center to be built where America's biggest mall once stood Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-31T13:48:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T14:18:18-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Amazon says the new fulfillment center will create some 2,000 jobs &ldquo;with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly technological workplace. The company will spend $177 million to build the new fulfillment center, and job listings will start appearing six to 10 weeks before the facility opens.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amazon says workers at their new 855,000 square feet warehouse in North Randall, Ohio,&nbsp;&ldquo;will pick, pack and ship smaller customer items such as electronics, toys and books.&rdquo; In other words, the new employees will be filling Amazon-branded boxes with the exact same sorts of goods that were once sold at the Randall Park Mall, once the biggest mall in the US, which, ironically, was closed in 2009&nbsp;due to retail sales moving online.&nbsp;</p> Building a gentrification early warning system with big data Alexander Walter 2017-08-30T19:05:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T14:32:02-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But what if there were a way to see gentrification long before the coffee shops, condos and Whole Foods appear? What if city planners and neighborhoods had an early warning system that could sniff out the changes just as they begin? [...] neighborhood advocates would have the opportunity to implement policies ranging from reserving affordable housing units to educating residents of their renting rights to helping small businesses negotiate long-term lease extensions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his <em>NPR</em> piece, astrophysics professor Adam Frank explains how various big data sets, like housing prices, eviction records, census data, or social media usage, can be utilized for "predictive analytics" to detect early onsets of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gentrification</a> for specific neighborhoods at an increasingly high resolution&nbsp;&mdash; and what significant perils come with it.<br></p> How algorithms designed the sound of the new Hamburg concert hall Alexander Walter 2017-08-30T18:30:00-04:00 >2017-08-30T18:32:35-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Detached from the rest of the building for soundproofing reasons, the 10,000 panels that line the central auditorium are the result of parametric design, a process of creating multiple individual designs using algorithms. A million individual cells ranging from four to 16cm long are cut out from the panels [...] The ivory coloured gypsum fiber acoustic panels contain a seashell motif and were designed by Swiss architect Herzog &amp; De Meuron with help from German studio One to One.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Interior view of the central concert hall. Photo: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>"It would be insane to do this by hand," GCR quotes Benjamin Koren, founder of One to One, the studio that created the design algorithm for the concert hall's acoustic panels.&nbsp;"That&rsquo;s the power of parametric design. I hit play, and it creates a million cells, all different and all based on these parameters. I have 100% control over setting up the algorithm, and then I have no more control.&rdquo;</p> <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><figcaption>Photo: Johannes Arlt</figcaption></figure></figure> Where cars learn how to drive like people Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2017-08-28T15:16:31-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Even within the polygon abstraction of the simulation the AI uses to know the world, there are traces of human dreams, fragments of recollections, feelings of drivers. And these components are not mistakes or a human stain to be scrubbed off, but necessary pieces of the system that could revolutionize transportation, cities, and damn near everything else.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Waymo is Google's self-driving technology company that was launched in 2009. Since developing 'world&rsquo;s first and only fully self-driving ride on public roads' in 2015, they've introduced fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans and started an early rider program which invites residents in Phoenix, AZ to join a public trial of self-driving vehicles that shapes the cars' evolution.</p> <p><em>The Atlantic</em> got to tour the company's training campus, Carcraft, reporting on the complex system behind the smart cars' learning environment where&nbsp;the digitization of the real-world driving takes place. There, single driving maneuvers and scenarios&mdash;like one car cutting off the other on a roundabout&mdash;are amplified into thousands of simulated scenarios that probe the edges of the cars' capabilities, forming Waymo's AI simulation apparatus.</p> <p>The cars are training in both&mdash;the virtual and the real world, driving over 8 million miles per day through the fully modeled, digital versions&nbsp;of Austin, Mountain...</p> Geographer Federico Caprotti on the “new urban citizen” in data-driven urban planning Justine Testado 2017-08-25T20:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>What if new technology further exacerbates urban inequality, especially among those on the wrong side of the digital divide? [Geographer Federico Caprotti of the University of Exeter] sees the world heading toward a notion of a &ldquo;new urban citizen&rdquo;, one that continually provides data, which may leave out those who are unable or unwilling to contribute.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Citiscope interviews geographer and smart-city researcher Federico Caprotti, who co-wrote an academic paper in response to the U.N.'s approval of the New Urban Agenda last year. Caprotti shares his thoughts on the rise of the &ldquo;new urban citizen&rdquo;, as well as the hidden inequalities that data-driven urban planning and management could potentially worsen.</p> A smog-cleaning bike, a kite-charging dike: Studio Roosegaarde's creative design solutions to infrastructural challenges Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-08-24T13:59:41-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>In the unofficial category of "Creative Pollution Solutions,"&nbsp;the Dutch firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Roosegaarde</a> is angling to be the winner: the firm has several projects that introduce innovative solutions to existing infrastructural challenges. First up, in partnership with bike-sharing firm OFO, the studio has announced to develop a bicycle that "inhales"&nbsp;smog and then releases purified air by virute of pedaling.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>The project, which was initially announced at a TED forum, has now advanced to the first stage of design. The bikes, which release clean air around each cyclist as they are pedaled, are not only environmentally friendly but culturally attuned:&nbsp;Daan Roosegaarde wanted to reference the iconicity of the bicycle in China while simultaneously improving air quality.</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>In addition to the bicycles, Studio Roosegaarde has also undertaken the redevelopment of the Icoon Afsluitdijk. As the architects explain:&nbsp;"It is the government-scale landscape innovation project on the legendary Dutch dike, whic...</p> Scaffolding around Grenfell Tower may be used as screen for art projections Julia Ingalls 2017-08-22T12:17:00-04:00 >2017-08-22T12:17:44-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>As workers prepare to remove the charred debris from Grenfell Tower, the specially erected scaffolding and netting around the building that will block the view of their work from the public may be used as a kind of projection screen for local children's painting and art. At least, that's what site and remediation manager Michael Lockwood has proposed, in part because the schoolchildren are apparently unhappy staring at the burned out husk of the previously-flammably-clad tower.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Residents take in the burned tower. Image: Catholic Church England via Flickr</figcaption></figure><p>According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Art Newspaper</a>, "Lockwood recently met primary school pupils in the area who said that looking up at the tower is upsetting. 'I asked them if they would like to come up with paintings of what they would like to see on the building,' he said. The works would be projected on to the scaffolding screen."<br></p> Fighting urban heat with cool pavement in Los Angeles Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-21T13:33:00-04:00 >2017-08-23T11:44:57-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s known as the &ldquo;urban heat island effect,&rdquo; and it refers to the pockets of intense heat captured by the concrete, asphalt, dark roofs and the dearth of foliage that define many American cityscapes. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to reduce the city&rsquo;s average temperature by 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 20 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Los Angeles&nbsp;is the first U.S. city&nbsp;to test cool pavement to fight urban heat,&nbsp;coating streets in a special gray paint known as CoolSeal, that can lower the temperature as much as 10 degrees.&nbsp;The officials say that the hope is that cooler streets will lead to cooler neighborhoods, less air conditioning use and fewer heat-related deaths.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Los Angeles is one of the only cities in the nation that experiences heat-related deaths in the winter, a phenomenon expected to worsen&nbsp;alongside temperatures.&nbsp;&ldquo;Not everyone has the resources to use air conditioning, so there&rsquo;s concern that some low-income families will suffer,&rdquo; says Alan Barreca, an environmental science professor at the UCLA. &ldquo;That bothers me on a moral dimension. The pavement would provide benefits to everyone. &ldquo;It can protect people who have to be outdoors,&rdquo; he added.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The coating costs about $40,000 per mile and lasts seven years, officials said.&nbsp;<em>To determine whether CoolSeal is cost-effective and how it influences drivers, Spot...</em></p> UK researchers create solar generating glass bricks Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-18T15:28:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:28:37-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Facades using the product, called Solar Squared, will be able to generate electricity while allowing greater amounts of daylight. The blocks also provide improved thermal insulation, developers say. Solar Squared&rsquo;s design consists of an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on small-sized solar cells. These are incorporated within the glass bricks during manufacture and they collect diffuse components of sunlight, making it useful for capturing solar energy in urban areas.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Academics from the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science department of England's University of Exter have developed a solar power technology that fits into glass bricks. Its modular design is scalable, allowing for flexible structural integration.&nbsp;<em>We now have the capability to build integrated, affordable, efficient, and attractive solar technologies as part of the building's architecture, in places where energy demand is highest, whilst having minimal impact on the landscape and on quality of life.</em></p> <p>The team is currently looking for test sites to demonstrate the effectiveness and potential of Solar Squared and seeking investment for their new start up. For more information visit Build Solar's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</p> New images of world's next tallest tower, Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-18T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-08-19T04:09:55-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Building within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, Emaar is looking to eclipse its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure since 2010. To do so has required laying 236ft deep foundation piles&mdash;a world record&mdash;set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. When completed, the 3,045ft tower will best the Burj by a massive 322ft.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joint venture is inspired by the lily flower and mosque minarets, say its developers, and will feature a 68-mile array of supporting cables. Swiss-Spanish architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a> has designed a 360-degree observation deck and a capacious Hanging Gardens of Babylon-style floor into the structure, with views over the nearby Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.</em></p> <p>With the new tower, the developer is looking to beat the record height of its most famous creation the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>, the world's tallest structure since 2010, by 322 feet. Located within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbor complex, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> required the deepest foundation piles ever made&mdash;set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p> <figcaption>Image courtesy of Emaar Properties<br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""><br><br></a>An image from Emaar Properties dated August 13 shows workers constructing the pile cap frame on to which 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete will be poured.</figcaption> Considering the downsides of Smart Home technologies Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T14:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T14:52:31-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Essey is an engineer at Uber and an early adopter of the Internet of things. He can control his lights with his Amazon Echo or an array of touchpad sensors he has installed throughout the home. Sensors tell him when there's water in the basement or a leak under the sink. While Essey's setup might sound a little like science fiction, it's a prototype of the future. Some critics are worried these devices won't be secure and that companies will use them to spy on us to make money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Internet of things</a> becomes more ingrained in our daily lives, some people are turning ordinary homes into&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart homes</a>.&nbsp;One way of doing that is by integrating smart appliances (dishwasher, fridges, microwaves, toasters, etc). That strategy, however, can be expensive and not very efficient, since most of the devices are costly and often are not smart enough to communicate with each other, especially if produced by different manufacturers.<br></p> <p>The other way is to get sensors, and put them on everything you want to monitor. "But then those get really unwieldy and you've got all these things sticking around and they look ugly and socially obtrusive," Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University says. Laput and his team, in fact, built such a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sensor</a>.&nbsp;When plugged into the wall, the 2-inch-square circuit board senses about a dozen different facets of its environment: vibrations, sounds, light color and so on. The sensor communicates wirelessly with a computer, which inte...</p> Watch the Shed slide along the High Line Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T13:53:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T17:41:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In its scale, this faintly quaint, eloquently designed contraption aspires to conjure up the spirit of those 19th-century exemplars of elegant engineering like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Eiffel Tower: industrial-era monuments of structural form, both necessary and sufficient, ingenious but not space age, encapsulating the aspirations of a city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the Shed, an&nbsp;art and performance space designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a>&nbsp;in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rockwell Group</a>&nbsp;will be in construction for at least another year, the structure is already capable of conducting its five minute moving act along the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Line</a>. Weighing in at 8 million pounds, it glides on a half-dozen exposed steel &ldquo;bogies,&rdquo; or wheels, six-feet in diameter, 'with tapered bearings so meticulously engineered that the system requires just six 15-horsepower motors'.</p> <p><em>When opened, the shell will drape over the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shed</a>&rsquo;s sprawling plaza at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, which can then be made into a movie palace or a gallery for art or a theater with bleacher seats &mdash; a flexible new 17,000 square foot public space for New York at what promises to be one of the city&rsquo;s busiest pedestrian intersections after all the commercial skyscrapers around it are built.</em></p>