Archinect - News 2018-05-21T10:57:40-04:00 Uber reveals six "Skyport" designs for its flying taxis Alexander Walter 2018-05-11T16:06:00-04:00 >2018-05-12T19:03:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If Uber is to get its &ldquo;flying taxi&rdquo; service off the ground, it will need dozens of launchpads and landing sites on rooftops around cities as a supportive infrastructure. At the ride-hailing company&rsquo;s second annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles, six architecture firms presented their winning designs of what these so-called &ldquo;Skyports&rdquo; could look like. And holy cow, these things look straight out of Star Wars.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It was all futuristic sky towers, helipads, and beehive references this week when six architecture firms presented their "uberAIR Skyport" design proposals for Uber's autonomous flying taxi service in the not-too-distant future.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to the call for proposals, all facilities needed to be able to handle 4,000 passengers an hour within a three-acre footprint, provide charging spots for all the eVTOL (<em>Vertical Take-off and Landing</em>) aircrafts, and minimize environmental impact on adjacent neighborhoods.</p> <p>The selected firms and proposals are:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Gannett Fleming: "The Paw"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Pickard Chilton and Arup: "Sky Tower"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; Corgan: "Connect"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; The Beck Group: "The Hive"</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; BOKA Powell: "Skyport Prototype"</p> <p>(Cover picture) Humphreys &amp; Partners: "Uber Hover"</p> <p>Watch the archived live stream of the entire Uber Elevate Summit design presentation <a href=";t=5392s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> A new "super wood" nanofiber biomaterial is stronger than spider silk Hope Daley 2018-05-11T14:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T14:56:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Spider silk has long held the title of strongest natural biomaterial, so scientists have been trying to harness it, mimic it and even improve on the recipe for years. Now, researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a new biomaterial out of wood nanofibers that steals the strength record.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A new material called "super <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wood</a>" is eight times stiffer than silk, which has been considered one of the strongest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bio-based</a> materials. KTH researchers found a new technique to "densify" wood where fibers assemble to make the cell walls stiff and strong, a process called&nbsp;cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs).&nbsp;</p> <p>This wood <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">nanomaterial</a> is found to be as strong as steel, surpassing metals, alloys, ceramics and E-glass fibers. Researchers assert the technique could be used to produce strong and lightweight materials for constructing cars, planes, bikes, and furniture&mdash;as well as helping to assemble other nanofibers like carbon tubes.&nbsp;</p> 9 graphic posters inspired by Bjarke Ingels Group projects and syntax in architecture Hope Daley 2018-05-09T13:47:00-04:00 >2018-05-09T19:52:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Giuseppe Gallo,&nbsp;a PhD candidate in Architecture at the University of Palermo, has created a series of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">posters</a> inspired by 9 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)</a> projects.&nbsp;Gallo is the creative director of Mirabilia, a communication design studio based in Palermo, with a background in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">graphic design</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Reflecting on syntax in architecture,&nbsp;Gallo was inspired by the firm's response to functional problems as a method of generating new formal solutions. Take a look at these 9 projects next to their graphic interpretation:&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Serpentine Pavilion 2016</strong> &ndash; London, UK</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion 2016 rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Image: Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpentine Pavilion 2016 poster design by Giuseppe Gallo. Image: Giuseppe Gallo.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Kistefos Museum</strong> &ndash; Scandinavia<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kistefos Museum rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). Image: Bjarke Ingels Group.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kistefos Museum poster design by Giuseppe Gallo. Image: Giuseppe Gallo.</figcaption></figure><p><strong>Amager Resource Center</strong> &ndash; Copenhagen, Denmark<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Amager Resource Center rendering by Bjar...</figcaption></figure> Cube Haus commissions top architects to design modular, affordable homes Hope Daley 2018-05-08T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T18:25:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>What if buying a house were more like buying a car? Could the process of choosing between a Ford, Volkswagen or Nissan ever translate into picking between an Adjaye, Rogers or Assemble? Beyond the dream of ever being able to buy a house, the prospect of commissioning an architect-designed home is an impossibly remote prospect for most of us, a luxury confined to the glossy pages of Sunday supplements and Grand Designs.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cube Haus</a> have commissioned well known architects such as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skene Catling de la Pe&ntilde;a</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carl Turner Architects</a> to design <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">modular homes</a>&nbsp;at affordable prices. Targeting infill and backland sites in the London area, Cube Haus is looking to fill a small housing niche with well-crafted, off-plan new properties.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Off-site production and lower margins allow the company to produce houses&nbsp;10%-15% cheaper than equivalent properties in a given area. The trick is to come up with modular designs that can properly adapt to different, awkward sites. Cube Haus aims to create a portfolio of building types that can be scaled up for larger number unit sites&mdash;creating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a> designed by some of the top names in architecture.&nbsp;</p> KieranTimberlake develops an app to analyze occupant experience in passive architecture Hope Daley 2018-05-08T15:51:00-04:00 >2018-05-10T21:04:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture studio&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KieranTimberlake</a>&nbsp;used passive strategies to cool their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new Philadelphia office building</a> and installed 300 sensors to record data on how it was performing. Along with their network of sensors, the firm also developed an app called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Roast</a> for their employees to rate how they felt in the building.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Roast app asks the user, &ldquo;How are you feeling today?&rdquo; allowing quick surveys pre-populated questions based on building industry standards.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The app offers an interactive online interface to analyze occupant comfort. Filter results to compare comfort acrosss space over time.</p> <p>This kind of post-occupancy evaluation focuses not just on the building's stats, but also on how people are experiencing the space. Together with metric data and employe experience feedback, the firm was able to produce an overall better design. The building was awarded the AIA&rsquo;s new&nbsp;Top Ten Plus Award&nbsp;this month, an annual honor given to a building with outstanding performance data.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Want to work at&nbsp;K...</a></p> Chicago's Willis Tower is getting new elevators Alexander Walter 2018-05-08T15:36:00-04:00 >2018-05-08T15:36:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The 16,000 people who work in and visit Willis Tower each day could soon be spending less time on their elevator rides in Chicago's tallest building. A five-year project to upgrade the tower's 83 elevator shafts -- and replace 97 passenger cabs, as some shafts have two-level elevators -- will start in June, according to the building's owner, Blackstone Group's Equity Office, and elevator firm Otis.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This major upgrade is expected to significantly reduce trip times as well as energy consumption (by as much as 30-35%), according to&nbsp;Equity Office and Otis.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 110-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Willis Tower</a>&mdash;once ranked as the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">world's tallest building</a> for nearly 25 years&mdash;hasn't undergone such an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">enormous overhaul</a> since it was completed in 1973 as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sears Tower</a>.</p> Jan Gehl has his doubts about 'Smart Cities' Alexander Walter 2018-05-07T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-05-07T14:57:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>I think we haven&rsquo;t thought through the challenge of technology for city mobility. We are stuck with some 120-year-old ideas that the industry is desperately holding on to. I tell students: Whenever you hear the word &ldquo;smart,&rdquo; beware, because that is somebody who wants to sell as many millions as possible of some new gimmick. And he is not necessarily giving you a better quality of life.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Annette Becker and Lessano Negussie, curators of the new exhibition&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">RIDE A BIKE! Reclaim the City</a></em> at the&nbsp;Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt, Germany,&nbsp;interviewed the 81-year-old 'people-friendly city' evangelist for the show's accompanying book.</p> What's new with the promise of the floating city? Alexander Walter 2018-05-01T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T16:13:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A plan to build a platform in a tropical lagoon caught heat from locals, and a campaign stoked by opposition politician Valentina Cross swept away their proposals for an inaugural colony. In February, the Tahitian government stated publicly that an agreement with the Seasteading Institute in 2017 was now outdated and non-binding. [...] That leaves the Institute, and their movement, once again at sea, shopping for a new host nation willing to take on a partnership.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her article for <em>CityLab</em>, writer Hettie O'Brien looks into the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seasteading Institute</a>'s promise of a&nbsp;libertarian offshore utopia in Polynesia and the challenges the movement has been facing recently.</p> Google's Open Heritage project applies cutting edge technology to architectural preservation Hope Daley 2018-04-30T15:43:00-04:00 >2018-04-30T15:43:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Google provides open access to 3D digital archives of historic sites around the globe, which have been recorded by CyArk for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">preservation</a> purposes. CyArk, a non profit organization founded in 2003, has been working to digitally record, archive, and share immersive sites with people online. Through 3D models, Street Views, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a>, viewers can experience these important sites in new and relevant ways. So far, the group has 26 sites that are digitally preserved and downloadable.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>3D Laser Scan data cutaway of the interior of Tudor Place. Image: CyArk.</figcaption></figure><p>CyArk has recorded over 200 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">monuments</a> on all 7 continents, while assisting other conservationists through engineering drawings and detailed maps. The data is archived using state of the art processes to ensure continued availability.&nbsp;<br></p> An augmented reality art exhibit hijacks MoMA's Jackson Pollock gallery Alexander Walter 2018-04-27T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-04-28T12:11:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>NEW YORK&rsquo;S MUSEUM of Modern Art is under siege. Well, a virtual siege, at least. A group of renegade artists has co-opted the brightly-lit Jackson Pollock gallery on the museum&rsquo;s fifth floor, turning it into their personal augmented reality playground. [...] those that have downloaded the MoMAR Gallery app on their smartphones, the impressionist's iconic paintings are merely markers&mdash;points of reference telling the app where to display the guerilla artists&rsquo; works.</p></em><br /><br /><p>MoMAR's augmented reality app and the unauthorized accompanying group show <em>Hello, we're from the internet</em> explore the intersection of private physical space and the public digital realm. "MoMAR is an unauthorized gallery concept aimed at democratizing physical exhibition spaces, museums, and the curation of art within them," the group explains on its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. "MoMAR is non-profit, non-owned, and exists in the absence of any privatized structures."</p><p><br></p> <p>Get the app on <a href=";hl=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Android</a> or <a href=";preserveScrollPosition=true#platform/iphone" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iOS</a> and head to MoMA's Jackson Pollock room on the 5th floor to see <em>Hello, we're from the internet</em> until May 3.<br></p> This app tells you how much you're “smoking” in the city air you're breathing Justine Testado 2018-04-27T14:17:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:17:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Shit, I Smoke! was created by Brazilian-born designer Marcelo Coelho and Paris-born app developer Amaury Martiny in just a week, after they read a study that analyzed air pollution and its equivalent to cigarette smoking. [...] Using the formula in [the study], [the app] uses live pollution data from hundreds of air quality stations in cities around the globe and converts the station&rsquo;s PM2.5 number into the number of cigarettes being inhaled by a person in real time.</p></em><br /><br /><p>&ldquo;For both Coelho and Martiny, the app isn&rsquo;t only a useful tool to inform users about their city&rsquo;s air quality; it also makes this information more accessible and easier to comprehend.&rdquo;<br></p> Plans announced for a gondola to connect LA's Dodger Stadium with Union Station Hope Daley 2018-04-26T17:37:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T14:00:39-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Aerial Rapid Transit Technologies, LLC has announced plans to construct a gondola system that could ferry passengers between Union Station and Dodger Stadium in a five-minute end-to-end ride.&nbsp; Each cabin would be capable of accommodating 30 to 40 passengers, according to an official website, with capacity for up to 5,000 passengers per hour at peak frequencies.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Currently, the only <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> service to Dodger Stadium is a bus line operated by the Metro. The new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gondola</a> system would be cheaper than stadium parking and would help alleviate traffic congestion in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a> on game days.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of proposed gondola system. Image: ARTT LLC.</figcaption></figure><p>The next steps are seeking approval for the project, including an environmental impact report, and pursuing a lease for the stop at Union Station. Public outreach may begin later this year with a possible route set in 2019 or 2020 and the potential to open in 2022.&nbsp;<br></p> Plans for the first commercial Hyperloop system in the United Arab Emirates Hope Daley 2018-04-24T18:08:00-04:00 >2018-05-01T18:37:16-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT)&nbsp;recently signed an agreement with Aldar Properties PJSC, a leading real estate developer in Abu Dhabi, to begin construction on the first commercial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> system in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">United Arab Emirates</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of HyperloopTT station in UAE, in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS. Image: HyperloopTT. </figcaption></figure><p>The first phase of construction will begin with a 6 mile stretch of development between&nbsp;Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Design for the Hyperloop pylon is a collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD architects</a>, while the station design is in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AN.ONYMOUS</a>. The agreement also includes building a Hyperloop XO Square Innovation Center and Visitor Center. This section is located close to the Expo 2020 site and Al Maktoum International Airport, with the goal of having it up and running in time for Expo 2020.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of HyperloopTT station in UAE, in collaboration with AN.ONYMOUS. Image: HyperloopTT. </figcaption></figure><p>The Hyperloop system, first presented by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>, will move pe...</p> How 'smart glass' at airports boosts alcohol sales Alexander Walter 2018-04-23T14:21:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:02:49-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The tinted world of tomorrow is coming, and&nbsp;airports&mdash;mini-cities of steel, concrete&nbsp;and lots and lots of glass&mdash;are interested.&nbsp;In a test last fall, Dallas-Fort Worth&nbsp;International Airport outfitted one of its gates with a new type of &ldquo;smart glass&rdquo; that can&nbsp;adjust for sunlight exposure. The obvious point is to keep travelers from getting overheated&mdash;but the exercise also brought a&nbsp;more lucrative benefit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cornell</a>-led study at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport found that implementing a new type of electrochromatic '<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart glass</a>' at one of its gates not only led to cooler, more pleasant surface temperatures in the waiting area, but the tinted glass, and the resulting dimmer light in the neighboring bars and restaurants, also resulted in increased alcohol sales&mdash;by as much as 80%.</p> <p>More airports have announced plans to upgrade their lounges and terminals with&nbsp;'smart glass.'</p> Celebrate Earth Day with the latest in green architecture from 2018 Hope Daley 2018-04-22T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T10:24:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In honor of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Earth Day</a> today, we look at the latest in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable architecture</a> revealed in 2018 so far. Working with our natural environment, upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green</a> projects range from sculptural electric charging stations to the world's largest single-domed tropical greenhouse. Our future is being shaped by new technologies such as a machine to recycle demolition waste, progress in nuclear fusion power, and mass timber building techniques.&nbsp;</p> <p>Scroll down and get inspired to further harmonize our built and natural environments:</p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Social housing goes green with another urban forest designed by Stefano Boeri</a><br></strong></p> <figure><img src=";w=1028"></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations</a></strong></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Signum Architecture designs sustainably minded Napa Valley winery and office</a></strong><br></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>The case for a semi-permeable architecture</strong></a></p> <figure><img src=""></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Biocylcer wants to recycle construction waste into new building materials</a></strong></p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Largest timber-constructed office building in the nation planned for Newark&rsquo;s waterfront</strong></a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Solar Decathlon Competition Showcases Cut...</a></strong></p> The biometric identities of buildings Alexander Walter 2018-04-20T13:37:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:33:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] iPhoto confused a human friend of mine &ndash; I&rsquo;ll call him Mike &ndash; with a building called the Great Mosque of Cordoba. [...] Rather than viewing this as a failure, I realized I had found a new insight: Just as people&rsquo;s faces have features that can be recognized by algorithms, so do buildings. That began my effort to perform facial recognition on buildings &ndash; or, more formally, &ldquo;architectural biometrics.&rdquo; Buildings, like people, may just have biometric identities too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor of Art History at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Rochester</a>, elaborates on his research with 'facial recognition' on buildings to unlock architectural secrets.</p> MVRDV creates a jewelry inspired installation for Milan Design Week 2018 Hope Daley 2018-04-19T13:41:00-04:00 >2018-04-19T13:41:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV</a> collaborated with Bvlgari for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Milan Design Week</a> 2018 in an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">installation</a> embodying the Italian jewelry brand&rsquo;s creative approach. The firm transformed Bvlgari&rsquo;s iconic Serpenti bracelet into a unique architectural experience. Finely crafted scales fill an entire room combined with mirrors to create a kaleidoscope effect, introducing the visitor to Bvlgari's world of precious and unconventional materials.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Serpenti installation for Bvlgari at Milan Design Week 2018, by MVRDV. Image: MVRDV.</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;With this installation, we wanted to capture the colors, materials and inventiveness of Bvlgari as a world-renowned brand,&rdquo; says Jacob van Rijs, co-founder, MVRDV. &ldquo;By turning their timeless Serpenti pattern into&nbsp;a space, jewelry becomes architecture. Enter the Serpenti!&rdquo;<br></p> <p>The showcase at&nbsp;Milan Design Week<strong>&nbsp;</strong>takes place in the Brera Design District as part of Milan&rsquo;s Fuorisalone. The installation is on view until 22 April 2018.<br></p> This digital architecture scale could solve all of your conversion issues Hope Daley 2018-04-18T19:04:00-04:00 >2018-04-23T14:18:54-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Smart Scale Ruler</a> was created by Joanne Swisterski, an Interior Designer looking to solve <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scale</a> and unit issues once and for all. This&nbsp;digital ruler can be customized for Architects, Designers, and Builders. Solving the common problems of out of scale drawings and differing units, this innovative new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tool</a> makes conversions simple for everyone.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Smart Scale Ruler by Joanne Swisterski. </figcaption></figure><p>The Smart Scale Ruler uses a long screen to display a custom ruler created by the user. This is done by inputting a physical reference of distance and the desired distance. The screen regenerates to create a ruler based on these parameters. Whatever is displayed can be converted to metric or imperial with one button. It can similarly be used to divide spaces equally for 2D drawings, and with a ratio applied for perspective drawings.<br></p> <p>Check out how it all works:&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;Smart Scale Ruler&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a>&nbsp;is currently live with $40,283&nbsp;pledged of their $51,722&nbsp;goal. If this is a tool you would like t...</p> A+D Museum & RCHS announce The Alley Fellowship Anthony Morey 2018-04-18T17:12:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T17:13:05-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A+D Museum</a> has announced the unveiling of their inaugural fellowship program, developed in collaboration with the LA-based multi-disciplinary design firm, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rios Clementi Hale Studios</a>.</p> <p>The aim of the The Alley Fellowship is to produce a two-month rotating exhibition and lecture series and is open to emerging, young, progressive artists in Los Angeles. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fellowship</a> will be awarded to six artists, selected by a seven-member jury consisting of artists, designers, and architects from the A+D Museum and Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The jury will select based on which projects best embody the spirit of transdisciplinary creative exploration, a key focus area for RCHS and A+D.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>A+D Museum</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;A fundamental aspect of the A+D&rsquo;s mission is to produce a platform for analysis, exploration, and for the ever-expanding perspectives of our field regardless of their historical arenas. The Alley Fellowship is a direct expression of this mission, it explores the means and modes of contemporary inquiry a...</p> You can now play Tetris with Soviet-style housing blocks Alexander Walter 2018-04-18T14:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-18T14:18:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you've been around the 'architecture-can-be-fun-too'-focused internet for a while, you may remember Sergej Hein's semi-viral gem of a video, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Berlin Block Tetris</a>, which was exactly that: an animated version of the video game classic using building blocks that resembled socialist-era residential high-rises.</p> <p>Lithuanian designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lukas Valiauga</a> has now taken the idea to the next, interactive, level and created the mobile app <em>Tower Block Game</em>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tower Block Game by Lukas Valiauga</figcaption></figure><p>"This game is a playful tribute to a not so playful reality of monotonous and bleak cityscapes built out of same prefabricated concrete blocks," the app description explains. "Very specific for Eastern-Europe but evident everywhere else, too. These relic tower blocks usually mark failed social programmes and neighbourhoods planned as clumsy as some failed building block game&hellip; On that note, build and demolish one for yourself!"</p> <p>Tower Block Game is available for Android from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Play store</a>.</p> <p>Not much of a gam...</p> New key-less Moscow apartments use facial recognition to open doors and elevators Alexander Walter 2018-04-17T15:26:00-04:00 >2018-04-17T15:28:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A new Moscow apartment building has unveiled a fully-functioning facial recognition system designed to replace residents&rsquo; keys. [...] As well as allowing homeowners to enter the building without a key, the system&nbsp;automatically selects each resident&rsquo;s floor when they enter the lift, and keeps tabs on&nbsp;cars and pedestrians leaving the complex.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Steven Holl's Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU to open April 21 Hope Daley 2018-04-17T15:14:00-04:00 >2018-04-17T15:14:14-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Holl Architects</a>' new&nbsp;Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)</a>&nbsp;will open to the public on April 21, 2018. The ICA's new building named the Markel Center will debut with its inaugural exhibition&nbsp;<em>Declaration</em>, an exploration of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contemporary art</a>&rsquo;s power to respond to pressing social issues. This will be Virginia's first&nbsp;art institution dedicated exclusively to exhibiting contemporary art.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU Markel Center at night. Image: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Aerial view of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Image: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>The building features dual entrances opening to the city&rsquo;s arts district on one side and VCU&rsquo;s Monroe Park campus on the other, providing a connection between the two.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View of the Royall Forum at the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU. Image: Iwan Baan.</figcaption></figure><p>Steven Holl Architects activated the 41,000 square feet of space with an open design to create flexibility. With an inviting 33-foot-high central forum, ...</p> How financial technology benefits from architectural design Hope Daley 2018-04-16T16:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T16:15:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Design lies at the heart of both architecture and software. People continuously try to define what design is (which maybe means designers are not good at designing design), and the reason is perhaps because there is no single type of design but several. Here I&rsquo;m going to talk about three that are relevant to both architects and fintech: blueprint-based design, recipe-based design, and systems design.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Galbraith, previously&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">featured in our Working Out of the Box series</a>,&nbsp;explores what financial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">technology</a> can learn from architectural design by diving into&nbsp;three design types.&nbsp;Galbraith has worked for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Norman Foster</a> and&nbsp;Fisher Park, and is currently a partner with Anthemis Group, a VC firm that focuses on financial services.</p> Airbus to build interchangeable sleeping compartments in cargo hold Hope Daley 2018-04-16T15:49:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T15:49:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>European plane-maker Airbus has announced it is to develop lower-deck passenger modules that sit inside the cargo hold. In a press release Tuesday, the firm said it was partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to build the compartments, complete with sleeping berths for passengers. Airbus said the intention is to receive formal approval from aviation bodies by 2020 with the first installation to be made on an A330 aircraft.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbus</a> and Zodiac Aerospace are creating sleeping modules that would be interchangeable with regular cargo containers. This would give airlines the flexibility to reconfigure their cargo on layovers or turnarounds. Their first mock-up was reportedly well received by airlines.&nbsp;</p> <p>Take a look in their sleeping module mock-up:&nbsp;</p> Jeanne Gang’s High Line ‘Solar Carve’ tower tops out, see new renderings and photos Dana Schulz 2018-04-16T10:09:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T10:09:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Formerly known as the Solar Carve tower, the new High Line-hugging commercial building by Jeanne Gang has officially topped out. The 10-story glassy building was shaped by the firm's strategy of studying the sun's angles to prevent shadows but increase natural daylight and view inside. Get a better look in the new renderings and construction photos released by developer Aurora Capital.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Neoscape for Studio Gang Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Neoscape for Studio Gang Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Photo &copy; Max Touhey</figcaption></figure><figure><img src=""><figcaption>Rendering &copy; Neoscape for Studio Gang Architects</figcaption></figure> Apply now for 2018 AA Istanbul Visiting School - Robotic Mediations! Sponsor 2018-04-12T12:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-12T12:42:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AA Istanbul Visiting School</a>.</strong></em></p> <p><br></p><p>AA ISTANBUL VISITING SCHOOL &ndash; ROBOTIC MEDIATIONS&nbsp;<br><em>Monday June 25 &ndash; Friday 6 July 6, 2018</em><br></p> <p>AA Istanbul Visiting School, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, is a unique learning and making experience. The program continues to build on its expertise on generative design methodologies and large- scale prototyping techniques from previous years, while bringing together a range of experts from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others.</p> <p>AA Istanbul Visiting School investigates the inherent associations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of innovative design and fabrication techniques. Computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication are coupled with physical experimentation, fostering &lsquo;learning-by- experimentation&rsquo; in an active collaborative studio environment. Throughout the design and f...</p> Canadian $10 bank note features Antoine Predock's Canadian Museum for Human Rights building Hope Daley 2018-04-10T14:51:00-04:00 >2018-04-10T15:26:15-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In March, the Bank of Canada unveiled a new $10 bank note [...] The laurel leaf signifies justice, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights building, designed by New Mexico architect Antoine Predock, is featured prominently. To contrast its striking modernism, the Library of Parliament&rsquo;s vaulted ceiling is reproduced with a metallic sheen, as is the Arms of Canada insignia.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canada</a>'s new $10 note depicting Antoine Predock's Canadian <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum</a> for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Human Rights</a> building on the back of the bill, along with an<strong>&nbsp;</strong>eagle feather and the laurel leaf.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Canadian Museum for Human designed by Antoine Predock, located in Winnipeg, CA. RightsImage: Bob Linsdell/Wiki Commons. </figcaption></figure><p>The front of the new note depicts Nova Scotia <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">civil rights</a> icon Viola Desmond, the first Canadian woman to be honored on money (besides the Queen).&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>The Viola Desmond bill will enter into circulation by late 2018.<br></p> UK model making firm specializes in custom miniatures of client's homes Hope Daley 2018-04-04T15:17:00-04:00 >2018-04-04T15:17:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Custom miniatures are increasingly the focus of Chisel &amp; Mouse, which Robert Paisley runs with his brother, Gavin. The duo, yearning for a more fulfilling career after working in software sales and banking, turned to model making seven years ago [...] A cottage industry of architectural model-makers has arisen in the U.K. to offer this bespoke service.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Chisel &amp; Mouse's passion for architecture results in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">miniatures</a> of famous architectural structures as well as custom <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">models</a>. Using&nbsp;modern and traditional printing and sculpting techniques, the group will make an exact miniature of anything you choose working from&nbsp;satellite data, architect's drawings, photos and sketches.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Maidman House by Chisel &amp; Mouse. Image: Chisel &amp; Mouse.</figcaption></figure><p>With their early Makerbot <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printer</a>, Chisel &amp;&nbsp;Mouse have made molds of building such as the Tate Modern, the Battersea Power Station, and the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood, CA.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Battersea Power Station by Chisel &amp; Mouse. Image: Chisel &amp; Mouse.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Bauhaus Dessau by Chisel &amp; Mouse. Image: Chisel &amp; Mouse.</figcaption></figure> What it means to add 20,000 Waymo self-driving robot taxis to America's roads Alexander Walter 2018-04-03T18:19:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T12:01:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Waymo announced they&rsquo;d purchase 20,000 sporty, electric self-driving vehicles from Jaguar for the company&rsquo;s forthcoming ride-hailing service. [...] They estimate that the Jaguar fleet alone will be capable of doing a million trips each day in 2020. [...] if Waymo is even within 50 percent of that number in two years, the United States will have entered an entirely new phase in robotics and technology.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his piece for <em>The Atlantic</em>, Alexis C. Madrigal looks beyond the technological and economic implications of Waymo's latest announcement to add 20,000 electric self-driving Jaguar I-Pace SUVs to its rapidly growing ride-hailing fleet by 2020 and instead think about the social (how comfortable/uncomfortable will we be around so many robots?), legal (what if a city wants to declare itself a "robocar-free zone"?), and urban planning effects (how will infrastructure redevelopment change our existing cities in the 21st century?).</p> Watch these robots build a timber house structure in Switzerland Alexander Walter 2018-03-30T14:57:00-04:00 >2018-03-30T15:12:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A team of researchers from Swiss university ETH Zurich is to use robots to help assemble prefabricated timber modules into a 100 sq m, three-storey house. [...] The robots use information from a CAD model to cut and arrange the beams, then drill holes and connect them. Human workers bolt the beams together.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: NCCR Digital Fabrication / Roman Keller</figcaption></figure><p>The Spatial Timber Assemblies robotic research project, with support from Switzerland's&nbsp;National Centre of Competence in Research Digital Fabrication, is the first large-scale architectural&nbsp;application for the construction robots at the new&nbsp;Robotic Fabrication Laboratory at the ETH Zurich.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: NCCR Digital Fabrication / Roman Keller</figcaption></figure><p>"Unlike traditional timber frame construction, Spatial Timber Assemblies can manage without reinforcement plates because the required rigidity and load-bearing result from the geometric structure," the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCCR project description</a> explains.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: NCCR Digital Fabrication / Roman Keller</figcaption></figure><p>"Not only does this save material; it also opens up new creative possibilities. A total of six spatial, geometrically unique timber modules will be prefabricated in this way for the first time. Lorries will then transport them to the DFAB HOUSE construction site at the NEST in D&uuml;bendorf, where they will be joined to build a two-...</p>