Archinect - News 2018-11-19T04:26:22-05:00 Disappear Here: architecture and video games Alexander Walter 2018-11-13T13:24:00-05:00 >2018-11-13T13:25:19-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>North London video game developer, Shedworks, have developed a specially commissioned film for our exhibition Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space, in collaboration with Sam Jacob Studio. We spoke to Greg Kythreotis, co-founder of Shedworks, to find out more about how the video came about and the processes behind it.</p></em><br /><br /><p>RIBA interviews&nbsp;Greg Kythreotis, co-founder of&nbsp;video game studio Shedworks; talking about his involvement in the current&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Disappear Here: On perspective and other kinds of space</em></a> exhibition at the RIBA Architecture Gallery in London, the collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sam Jacob Studio</a>, and potential overlaps between architecture and video games in respect of the 'perspective' theme.&nbsp;</p><p>"Whilst the history of perspective and architecture are incredibly intertwined,"&nbsp;Kythreotis explains, "I also think that, by virtue of historically being rendered on a screen, video games also have an incredibly rich history of exploring perspective. Whether orthographic, more realistic renderings or complete distortions and warpings of perspective, I would love to see the overlaps between mediums be explored in even more depth."</p> Urban design practice ecoLogicStudio harvests photosynthetic microalgae to help de-carbonize our cities Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-09T14:24:00-05:00 >2018-11-09T14:24:39-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The London-based architectural practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ecoLogicStudio</a>, which specializes in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-digital design</a>, has developed a large-scale installation which stores and filters CO2 to help fight global climate change. Their 'urban curtain'&mdash;dubbed Photo.Synth.Etica&mdash;was unveiled this week in Dublin during the 2018 Climate Innovation Summit, where it covered the main fa&ccedil;ade of the Printworks building at Dublin Castle.</p> <p>Composed of 16, 2 x 7 meter modules made from a digitally designed and custom made bioplastic, the curtain acts as a photo-bioreactor, harvesting light and carbon dioxide to feed living <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">micro-algal cultures</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo.Synth.Etica by ecoLogicStudio &copy; NAARO</figcaption></figure><p>"For example, when the Printworks building emits CO2, this is captured by each of our facade&rsquo;s photo-bioreactors and feeds the living algae cultures within them" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">explains</a> ecoLogicStudio co-founder Marco Poletto. And "when the sun shines, its energy is captured by the algae cells within the photo-bioreactors that are designed to form an urb...</p> Cryptocurrency mogul wants to turn Nevada into the next center of Blockchain Technology Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-11-07T14:44:00-05:00 >2018-11-11T14:37:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>He imagines a sort of experimental community spread over about a hundred square miles, where houses, schools, commercial districts and production studios will be built. The centerpiece of this giant project will be the blockchain, a new kind of database that was introduced by Bitcoin.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Jeffrey Berns, who owns the cryptocurrency company Blockchains L.L.C., has bought 68,000 acres of land in Nevada that he hopes to transform into a community based around <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blockchain technology</a>. His utopian vision, which would be the first '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart city</a>' based on the technology, involves the creation of a new town along the Truckee river, with homes, apartments, schools, and a drone delivery system.&nbsp;</p> <p>The first step will be constructing an 1,000 acre campus that will host startups and companies working on applications such as AI and 3D printing to help bring about&nbsp;the high-tech city. LA firms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tom Wiscombe Architecture</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects</a> have been hired to assist in this vision, designing the architecture and masterplan for the future city.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects + Tom Wiscombe Architecture.</figcaption></figure><p>Called Innovation Park, the designers&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contend</a> the city will be 'human-centric,' while also planned around autonomous, electric vehicles. Housing types will range fro...</p> Amazon's HQ2 may be 2 HQs after all Alexander Walter 2018-11-06T13:31:00-05:00 >2018-11-06T13:37:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has switched gears and is now finalizing plans to have a total of 50,000 employees in two locations, according to people familiar with the decision-making process. The company is nearing a deal to move to the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens [...]. Amazon is also close to a deal to move to the Crystal City area of Arlington, Va., a Washington suburb, one of the people said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It looks like Jeff Bezos may have finally found that second home for his online empire&mdash;or make that second <em>and</em> third. After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">narrowing down the list of cities</a> that could be potential new hosts of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's HQ2</a> in January, the company has been tight-lipped about its final decision. Until yesterday. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>These 20 cities successfully flirted their way into Amazon's inner circle, but 18 may be swiped left soon.</figcaption></figure><p>The <em>NYT </em>reports that Amazon is in final talks with not just one but two cities to share the pie that had been dangled as irresistibly lucrative carrot in front of local politicians for months now: Long Island City, New York and Crystal City/Arlington, Virginia.<br></p> Chinese city to launch artificial moon into space. ​What could possibly go wrong? Alexander Walter 2018-10-29T19:13:00-04:00 >2018-10-30T17:03:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>It might sound like a plot cooked up by a cartoon villain, but a city in southwestern China is aiming to launch into space an artificial moon that could replace streetlights by bathing the ground in a &ldquo;dusk-like glow.&rdquo; [...] the satellite&rsquo;s mirror-like exterior would reflect sunlight down to Earth, creating a glow about eight times brighter than the moon. The artificial moon, which he said would orbit about 500 kilometers above Earth, could save $174 million in electricity from streetlights.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The capital of China's Sichuan province, Chengdu, could have its own illumination satellite&nbsp;'moon' up in the skies by 2020, according to the <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People's Daily</a></em>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Light pollution</a>, and its documented health effects on humans and nocturnal wildlife, doesn't seem to be much of a concern to the officials behind the audacious&nbsp;space-mirror scheme. As Kang Weimin, Director of the Institute of Optics, School of Aerospace at Harbin Institute of Technology, attempts to reassure: "The light of the satellite is similar to a dusk-like glow, so it should not affect animals&rsquo; routines." &ndash; Okay, we're all cool.</p> Students at University of Cape Town grow bio-brick made from human urine Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-29T18:40:00-04:00 >2018-10-30T13:35:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Students at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Cape Town</a> have developed a bio-brick that mixes sand, bacteria and human urine. Unsurprisingly, it is the world's first building material to be made from the liquid waste high in nitrogen and phosphorous.</p> <p>The brick is created through a process called microbial carbonate precipitation, a complex reaction that has many applications. It has been used to improve concrete's durability, as a historical preservation technique on stone, and as a way of improving soil.&nbsp;</p> <p>Here, when urine is mixed with sand and bacteria, the resulting chemical reaction produces calcium carbonate, which hardens the mixture and forms the brick. According to the scientists, it is similar to the way seashells are formed.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>In picture are (from left) the Department of Civil Engineering&rsquo;s Dr Dyllon Randall and his students, Vukheta Mukhari and Suzanne Lambert.</figcaption></figure><p>Each brick requires about 25 to 30 liters of urine, or roughly 100 bathroom trips, and is collected from a fertilizer-producing ur...</p> “Colonizing Experiment in Surveillance Capitalism”: Privacy Expert Resigns From Google-Backed Smart City Project Over Surveillance Concerns Miles Jaffe 2018-10-26T12:28:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T12:29:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A privacy expert tasked with protecting personal data within a Google-backed smart city project has resigned as her pro-privacy guidelines would largely be ignored by participants. &ldquo;I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,&rdquo; Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, wrote in a resignation letter to Google sister company Sidewalk Labs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smart phones, smart cars, smart cities, but smart for who?</p> Is the Embr a true personal HVAC system? Paul Petrunia 2018-10-25T13:49:00-04:00 >2018-10-26T13:41:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Five years ago we reported on a device invented by a group of students at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT</a>. This device, originally called "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wristify</a>", was a small bracelet designed to heat or cool the wearer to achieve customized comfort, regardless of the surrounding environment. Today, after a few years of R&amp;D, and with the help of a successful <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a>, we have <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Embr</a>, the newly designed and branded "Thermostat For Your Body".</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The original "Wristify" prototype from MIT</figcaption></figure><p>The new hardware looks like a (very) large, faceless watch. The unit itself is an aluminum heat sink with a carved fingerprint-like series of waves on the outer surface, topped with a thin button/light bar indicating the current heating/cooling status. The strap is a steel mesh bracelet, very similar to Apple's Milanese Loop watch band (or a less expensive knockoff).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>I've been trying out a review model for a few weeks, mostly testing out the cooling features since I&nbsp;live in LA. I've also given the heating feature a few opportunities t...</p> Architect David Romero brings Frank Lloyd Wright's unbuilt designs to life in these realistic renderings Justine Testado 2018-10-24T16:19:00-04:00 >2018-10-27T22:35:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Out of the 1,171 architectural designs that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright</a> created in his lifetime, around 660 of them remained unbuilt.&nbsp;Using advanced visualization techniques, architect David Romero brings Wright's unbuilt designs one step closer to reality in a series of striking, computer-generated renderings. A longtime Wright enthusiast, Romero has been creating renderings of the legendary architect's designs since he launched the website <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hooked on the Past</a> in 2014.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Gordon Strong Automobile Objective rendering. Credit: David Romero.</figcaption></figure><p>Most recently, Romero worked with the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation</a> to&nbsp;create a series of renderings of Wright's&nbsp;unbuilt Gordon Strong Automobile Objective, which was a tourist attraction he envisioned in 1924 to be built at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland.&nbsp;Romero has also recreated Wright's unbuilt designs for the Roy Wetmore Car Repair and Showroom, the Butterfly Wing Bridge, and the Valley National Bank, to name a few.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the Butterfly Wi...</figcaption></figure> Superhelix creates a house hidden in plain site Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-23T19:30:00-04:00 >2018-10-24T14:01:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Polish</a> based design studio Superhelix creates a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green roof</a> masterpiece that not only highlights the home's ecological design, but showcases what happens to buildings when they change over time. Located in Krakow, Poland the 189 square meter home's slanted roof was not built for aesthetics, but instead was constructed due to a building requirement. Due to local building codes, the home's roof had to be built at a 45-degree slope. To some this may have been a design obstacle, but to&nbsp;Bart&#322;omiej Drabik, principal architect, he used this as an opportunity to create a progressive roof design that highlights green design.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image &copy; Bart&#322;omiej Drabik</figcaption></figure><p>Through out the construction of this residential home, special attention was emphasized on how the building's materials will allow the home to age and change naturally. The home's elevation was covered with western red cedar planks. This particular wood type does not require wood treatment against insects and the weather. As the wood ages over tim...</p> Dan Brunn redefines net zero housing with a California mid-century modern flare Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-19T13:53:00-04:00 >2018-10-20T09:44:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> based architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dan Brunn</a> assembles a team of innovative energy efficient manufacturers to create a vision for contemporary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net zero housing</a>. The Bridge House LA, whose construction is soon to be completed in January 2019, is a project teeming with building systems manufactured product at the forefront of eco-design.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure><p>Nestled in Los Angeles' Hancock Park, the 4,500 square foot home was intricately designed to omit zero energy emissions. From its construction phase to its completion, the footprint of the home was a priority for principal architect Dan Brunn and his team. The 212 foot long, 20 foot-wide structure rests within the cozy neighborhood along with a running brook found below the center of the home.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Bridge House rendering &copy; Dan Brunn Architecture</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The single-story rectangular structure may have a simplistic form, however, its clean lines and structurally minimalistic silh...</p> Amid the smart city trend, Santa Maria Tonantzintla​ locals in Mexico​ fear the loss of their cultural traditions Justine Testado 2018-10-18T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T18:15:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In Tonantzintla the smart cities proposal became a lightning rod for those concerned about a development that seemed to favour outsiders rather than residents...&ldquo;They are ashamed of their roots,&rdquo; [local resident Mercedes] Tecuapetla Quechol says. &ldquo;They saw something they liked in the United States or in Europe, so they want to put it here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Mexican town of Santa Maria Tonantzintla is caught in the all-too-familiar situation of preserving its centuries-old customs as newer smart-city technologies are being introduced.&nbsp;While city officials and planners argued that implementing new technology intends to benefit the community, locals saw this as an attempt to westernize their town and wipe out tradition.</p> Construction robots spooling fiberglass filament unveiled by MIT's Mediated Matter Group Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-12T15:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-12T15:00:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>MIT's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mediated Matter Group</a> has developed a construction robot that winds fiberglass filament into large structures. The research studio, led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Neri Oxman</a>, has dubbed the little machines, Fiberbots, and hopes they can one-day be used to build complicated, large-scale structures.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: The Mediated Matter Group</figcaption></figure><p>The way it works is that each Fiberbot is connected to a tank containing fiber and resin. The winding arm sucks the mixture, spins it around the Fiberbot's body, and then uses ultra-violet light to solidify the grown portion. Once hardened, the Fiberbot uses its base to climb up the hardened segment where it then repeats the process. The result is an organically shaped, three-dimensional structure that can climb as high as 15 feet tall.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The robots can angle themselves and change directions in order to complete complex shapes. Mediated Matter also developed a complimenting design system that allows designers to create parameters that govern its shape without having to prov...</p> Visually Speaking; A Conversation with Kilograph's Keely Colcleugh Paul Petrunia 2018-10-12T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T19:22:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this week's episode of Archinect Sessions Paul chats with Keely Colcleugh. Keely has spent the last 18 years aggressively exploring the boundaries of architecture. After getting her B.Arch at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">McGill</a> she worked at the prestigious offices of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bruce Mau Design</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore Owings &amp; Merrill</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ateliers Jean Nouvel</a> before moving onto her passion of film, and eventually starting her own studio in Los Angeles called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kilograph</a>. The conversation covers her path from a young artsy girl in a small Canadian town, to the founder and CEO of one of today&rsquo;s most celebrated studios specializing in architectural visualization, digital design, branding and marketing.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 130 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Visually Speaking&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting a...</li></ul> Neri Oxman: Architecture's modern day Wonder Woman Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-08T16:08:00-04:00 >2018-10-17T12:49:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What makes Dr. Oxman, the scientist, so unusual, said Paola Antonelli, the senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, is her aesthetic sense. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s not afraid of formal elegance,&rdquo; Ms. Antonelli said. &ldquo;The reason why she is a gift to the field of architecture and design is that her science works, her aesthetics work, and her theory works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tenured professor at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab</a>, Dr. Neri Oxman's larger than life approach to architecture and design has continuously turned heads. Her impact in the world of architecture has led her to various breakthroughs in understanding the relationship and possibility between nature and the built environment.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Coining the term, <em>material ecology</em>, Dr. Oxman and her motley crew at MIT has turned MIT's Media Lab into a fantastically eccentric playground. Through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">digital fabrication</a>, synthetic design, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">computational design</a> Dr. Oxman and her team have developed amazingly beautiful and technically provocative multifunctional structures you would find in a science fiction novel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Water based digital fabrication &copy;Neri Oxman | Behance</figcaption></figure><p>According to Dr. Oxman, "we treat design more like a gardening practice." The use of organic materials like ground up shrimp shells and silkworms are the natural stars in h...</p> Google's Environmental Insights Explorer tracks carbon pollution on a local level Alexander Walter 2018-10-05T18:35:00-04:00 >2018-10-07T07:19:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Google has started estimating greenhouse-gas emissions for individual cities, part of what it recently described as an ambitious new plan to deploy its hoard of geographic information on the side of climate-concerned local leaders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Google has launched a new online tool, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Environmental Insights Explorer</a>, which tracks emissions inventory on a city scale. The program is still in beta mode and currently only provides data for five cities (Pittsburgh, PA; Mountain View,&nbsp;CA;&nbsp;Victoria, BC; Melbourne, AU; Buenos Aires, AR) but could eventually turn into an enormously helpful planning tool for municipalities&mdash;especially while the consensus on man-made global warming can be frustratingly murky on the state and federal level.</p> How the data collected by dockless bikes can be useful for cities (and hackers) Alexander Walter 2018-10-05T14:37:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T14:39:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the 18 months or so since dockless bike-share arrived in the US, the service has spread to at least 88 American cities. (On the provider side, at least 10 companies have jumped into the business; Lime is one of the largest.) Some of those cities now have more than a year of data related to the programs, and they&rsquo;ve started gleaning insights and catering to the increased number of cyclists on their streets.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Technology Review</em> writer&nbsp;Elizabeth Woyke looks at ways how city planners in Seattle,&nbsp;WA and South Bend, IN use the immense stream of user-generated location data from dockless-bike-sharing programs to improve urban mobility &mdash; and how hackers could potentially access and abuse this (supposedly anonymous) information. "In theory, the fact that people can park dockless bikes outside their exact destinations could make it easier for someone who hacked into the data to decode the anonymous identities that companies assign their users,"&nbsp;Woyke writes.</p> Architects present their Homes of the Future at the 2018 China House Vision Exhibition Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-04T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T09:35:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Coinciding with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beijing Design Week</a>, the China House Vision exhibition asked ten Chinese and Japanese design studios to envision the future of living. Presenting a&nbsp;diverse range of living environments that address issues such as population crowding, space travel and climate change, firms such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN Architecture</a> showcased pavilions that challenge the way we currently think about living, and explore how we might inhabit the world of tomorrow.</p> <p>House Vision is a cultural research project initiated in 2013 by Japanese graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara. The recent Beijing-based edition,&nbsp;sited just meters from Beijing's iconic Olympic Stadium, is the first one to be held outside of Japan. Below, take a look at the futuristic designs.&nbsp;</p> Concrete Vessel by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atelier FCJZ</a>: <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure>House ATO by Atelier Deshaus: <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure>e-Vege House by Yang Design: <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Nac&aacute;sa &amp; Partners Inc. &copy; HOUSE VISION</figcaption></figure>Mars Case by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OPEN ...</a> As augmented reality further permeates the urban environment, do architects play a role in planning virtual spaces? Alexander Walter 2018-10-03T17:59:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T13:01:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Over the past couple of decades, artists and designers have developed augmented realities that propose vastly different, and often more radical perspectives of what a digitally enhanced public realm could look like. [...] many actually existing AR projects instead ask critical questions about the implementation of this novel technology and its potential to shift both the everyday experiences and political economies of architecture and cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his latest <em>Failed Architecture</em> piece, Joshua McWhirter offers an insightful history of noteworthy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a>-powered works of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">art</a>, activism, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">game design</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">simulation</a> while also issuing a warning call about the impending privatization and commodification of the virtual public space without much input from architects. "And as this landscape increasingly constitutes a public realm in and of itself,"&nbsp;McWhirter writes, "a collection of hybrid real-virtual public spaces, there are even glimmers of direct challenges to its creeping privatization."</p> HyperloopTT unveils first full-scale capsule with goal of being passenger ready by 2019 Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-03T15:02:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T15:03:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has unveiled the first of its full-scale capsules that it hopes will one day be used to transport passengers at 750 miles per hour, reports Bloomberg. The California-based company is one of several Hyperloop contenders that have sprung up to deliver on Elon Musk&rsquo;s 2013 transportation vision.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HyperloopTT</a> will now take the capsule,&nbsp;called Quintero One, to the company's European HQs in France, where it has begun constructing a test track. With the goal of being passenger ready by 2019, the technology promises a travel speed of 750 miles per hour, meaning it may someday be able to take travelers from LA to Las Vegas in 20 minutes. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">company is planning</a> to have the "airplane without wings" on commercial tracks in China and Abu Dhabi over the next couple of years.</p> Walt Disney Concert Hall lights up over the weekend with projections by Refik Anadol Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-03T13:42:00-04:00 >2018-11-11T12:31:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Phil</a> has put on quite the birthday extravaganza, kicking off over the weekend with performances by Chris Martin and members of the Doors; a special <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CicLAvia</a> bike ride that stretched from Downtown's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Disney Concert Hall</a> to the Hollywood Bowl; and a series of vibrant projections from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Refik Anadol</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announced</a> back in September, the local media artist used 45 terabytes of data derived from the Phil's archive to create a series of patterns then projected on the exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Called '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WDCH Dreams</a>', the media installation lit up the iconic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> building beginning Thursday night, delighting passersby, and will continue to do so every evening through October 6th.&nbsp;</p> The drywall-installing robot you've always dreamed about is finally here Alexander Walter 2018-10-02T14:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-05T17:51:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The HRP-5P is a humanoid robot from Japan&rsquo;s Advanced Industrial Science and Technology institute that can perform common construction tasks including &mdash; as we see above &mdash; install drywall. HRP-5P &mdash; maybe we can call it Herb? &mdash; uses environmental measurement, object detection and motion planning to perform various tasks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ever had to install large sections of drywall and wondered if there wasn't a machine available that could do that for you while you take care of a bowl of nachos? Well, now there is: Japanese researchers have developed a humanoid worker robot, <em>HRP-5P</em>, which appears to be capable of performing the backbreaking task over and over again without breaking into sweat. <br></p> <p>Sure, the robot still needs to pick up the pace a bit to meet construction deadlines, but it's a start, and the machine could&mdash;maybe, one day&mdash;become a helpful tool in Japan's rapidly aging society where skilled workers become increasingly rare.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ooof, these are heavy!</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Let's see...this one goes here I guess.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Done and done! Now let's see what my buddies from Skynet are up to this afternoon.</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images via &#29987;&#32207;&#30740;&#24195;&#22577;'s video on YouTube.</em><br></p> New robotically furnished apartments being tested for space efficiency Hope Daley 2018-09-28T19:25:00-04:00 >2018-10-02T17:07:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>As Americans cram into ever-tighter urban living arrangements, a question has emerged: Isn&rsquo;t there some better way to furnish a tiny apartment? Yes. The answer, of course, is robots. Inside a model studio apartment at the Eugene, an 844-unit building on Manhattan&rsquo;s West Side, sits a blocky, Swiss Army-knife-like unit that looks a little like two-sided armoire with lots of compartments. It&rsquo;s called Ori. Ori runs on a track and can be activated by voice command...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Companies like Ori and Bumblebee Spaces are testing out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robotic</a> furniture in major cities where&nbsp;living space is limited.&nbsp;The Ori system, currently testing&nbsp;robotically-furnished apartments in Manhattan, operates through voice command or your smartphone app moving the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modular</a> unit along a floor track. Bumblebee&nbsp;Spaces, testing spaces&nbsp;in Seattle and San Francisco, takes interior robotics to the ceiling by moving <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">furniture</a> vertically from the floor to being stored above your head.&nbsp;</p> Autonomous crane technology receives investment boost Alexander Walter 2018-09-27T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-09-27T14:54:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With industrial robotics forecast to be worth $71.72 billion by 2023, it&rsquo;s no wonder entrepreneurs&nbsp;are turning their attention to increasingly lucrative&nbsp;sectors, like warehouse automation, order fulfillment, and manufacturing. Tel Aviv-based Intsite is one of the latest examples. The startup today announced a $1.35 million pre-seed round led by Terra Venture Partners and the Israel Innovation Authority to fund what it claims is the world&rsquo;s first autonomous crane technology.</p></em><br /><br /><figure rel="width: 100%; height: auto;"><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Image: Intsite</figcaption></figure><p>AI-powered autonomous construction technology is poised to see enormous growth in the coming years, promising to significantly increase efficiency, cut costs &amp; realization time, and reduce human errors as well as workplace-related injuries.</p> <p>"According to McKinsey, about 98 percent of construction mega-projects go significantly over budget, in part as a result&nbsp;of heavy equipment inefficiencies," reports <em>Venture Beat</em>.</p> Morpholio Trace and Shapr3D launch new iOS 12 features to integrate 3D modeling and sketching for architects Alexander Walter 2018-09-26T15:59:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With Apple's recent release of its latest mobile operating system, iOS 12, we're now seeing new feature releases in a variety of apps. Two players in the world of architectural software, Morpholio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trace</a> and Shapr3D, today announced a joint effort that promises to further bridge the divide between 3D modeling and sketching on the iPad Pro thanks to Apple&rsquo;s Drag and Drop and the new universal 3D file type USDZ.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Jim Keen. Image courtesy of Morpholio.</figcaption></figure><p>Dubbed "Drag 'n' Fly", the new iOS 12 feature by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a>, a company that we've covered previously on Archinect, enables users to integrate live 3D models in Trace sketches, create infinite views, and draw over automatically generated perspective grids. Shapr3D models can now be exported directly to Trace via the new OBJ export, simplifying the switch between drawing and modeling. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Jim Keen. Image courtesy of Morpholio.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p><figcaption>Credit: Jim Keen. Image courtesy of Morpholio.</figcaption></figure><p>Morpholio Co-Founder Mark Collins explains the reason behind...</p> Amazon buys into the (Alexa-powered) prefab housing market Alexander Walter 2018-09-26T13:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T13:33:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Amazon has made clear that it wants to own the smart home space. Now the company's going a step further, taking a stake in a start-up that's building actual homes. On Tuesday, Amazon said its Alexa Fund invested in Plant Prefab, a Southern California company that says it uses sustainable construction processes and materials to build prefabricated custom single- and multifamily houses. The start-up is aiming to use automation to build homes faster and bring down costs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With this recent investment in eco-friendly prefabricated home factory&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Plant Prefab</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon</a> uses its mighty financial leverage and dominance in the market for voice-controlled connected devices to make the brand just as synonymous with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart homes</a> as it already is with online retail.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plant Prefab, headquartered in&nbsp;Rialto, California,&nbsp;offers standard and custom prefab homes in collaboration with established design partners, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ray Kappe</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LivingHomes</a>.</p> Daniel Libeskind tells the NYT what he would do on the Moon if brought along on SpaceX Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-09-26T13:22:00-04:00 >2018-10-03T15:37:01-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Last week saw the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a> by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a> that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa would be the first private passenger aboard the Tesla CEO's Big Falcon Rocket. Alongside, it was also suggested that Maezawa would invite a group of artists to come along on his trip to the moon, expected to launch in 2023.&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposal, which asks the visionary space travelers to&nbsp;create something after they return to Earth, has led to much speculation about whom might be chosen, and what might they create. Curious as well, the&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em> <a href=";action=click&amp;contentCollection=timestopics&amp;region=stream&amp;module=stream_unit&amp;version=latest&amp;contentPlacement=1&amp;pgtype=collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">asked eight artists</a> to put together some pitches of their own.&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">speculative projects</a> is a very bold bid by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Daniel Libeskind</a> to transform the moon into a perfect square. The Polish-American architect told the&nbsp;<em>NYT:</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>I like that this project is about art rather than science. So my proposal is to turn the moon itself into an art project: It&rsquo;s a sphere and I want to turn it into a perfect square. That&rsquo;s the dream.</em></p> <p><em>My son Noam is an astrophysicist at the L...</em></p> MVRDV completes a white and gold entertainment complex by Seoul’s Incheon Airport Hope Daley 2018-09-21T16:38:00-04:00 >2018-09-25T04:20:27-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> has recently completed The Imprint, a new 2-building art and entertainment complex next to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seoul&rsquo;s</a> Incheon Airport. Featuring a nightclub in one building and indoor <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">theme park</a> in the other, the windowless structures are part of the larger&nbsp;Paradise City complex of 6 buildings next to South Korea's largest airport.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>The program required an expressive facade with no windows. The firm created an imprint based design using&nbsp;fa&ccedil;ade features of the surrounding buildings, lifted entrances, and a golden entrance spot covering one corner of the nightclub building.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>The Imprint by MVRDV, located in Seoul. &copy; Ossip van Duivenbode</figcaption></figure><p>The fa&ccedil;ade was constructed of glass-fibre reinforced concrete panels. As many of the 3,869 panels are unique with construction requiring moulds to be individually produced using the f...</p> A residential complex on the coast of Mexico renovated by MAIN OFFICE Hope Daley 2018-09-20T16:33:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T16:33:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexico</a> and Sweden-based architectural practice MAIN OFFICE has recently completed&nbsp;CASA LT, an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">expansion</a> and restoration of a&nbsp;residential complex located on the coast of Mexico.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>Situated in the&nbsp;well known&nbsp;surfers&rsquo; town&nbsp;of&nbsp;Sayulita, the new residential design provides a clear <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">waterfront</a> view of the Pacific Ocean from all spaces both inside and out.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>The new complex consists of&nbsp;three small houses situated on the top of the hill. The original house was built in the 50's in poor condition due to lack of maintenance.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>CASA LT by MAIN OFFICE, located in Sayulita, MX. &copy; Rafael Gamo</figcaption></figure><p>MAIN OFFICE restored the original house and added&nbsp;a new main building along with a guest house facing the be...</p> Two historic NYC theaters in Times Square to be redeveloped Hope Daley 2018-09-20T14:59:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:45:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Two historic New York City theaters are getting ready to shine brightly under the Times Square spotlight once again. This week, developers behind the Times Square Theater and the Palace Theater, unveiled ambitious renovation and expansion plans for their establishments.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Palace <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Theater</a>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">redevelopment</a> includes raising the structure about 30 feet&nbsp;to accommodate retail space below and an 18,000 square foot wraparound sign. The&nbsp;existing DoubleTree hotel above the theater will be demolished to be replaced by a&nbsp;46-story tower including retail, dining, and a hotel.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>The new&nbsp;complex, called TSX Broadway,&nbsp;also includes a 4,000-square-foot performance venue to be suspended 30 feet above <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Times Square</a>. The new outdoor stage will be the only of its kind located in Times Square.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>TSX Broadway retail section rendering. Image: TSX Broadway.</figcaption></figure><p>Nearby the Times Square Theater, which has been vacant for 30 years,&nbsp; will be redeveloped as a large retail venue. Architecture and planning firm&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beyer Blinder Belle</a> will restore most of the existing building while adding in two glass stories.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p> <figcaption>Times Square Theater redevelopment rendering. Image: Stillman Development International.</figcaption><p>New additions also include a glass box overhang on th...</p>