Archinect - News 2018-02-18T05:48:01-05:00 Driverless technology is about to reshape the real estate industry Alexander Walter 2018-02-16T18:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-17T13:50:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The link between property and transport has been perhaps the most durable in human history. Since the ancients, few things have delivered higher land values with more certainty than advances in transport, from roads to canals, railways to highways. [...] But now, the dawn of the driverless car&mdash;promising a utopia of stress-free commutes, urban playgrounds and the end of parking hassles&mdash;threatens to complicate the calculus for anyone buying property.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Bloomberg Technology</em> explains how the real estate industry is already preparing for all that sweet, sweet valuable space to open up for development once the widespread arrival of driverless vehicles makes parked cars &mdash; and the blocked square footage they occupy &mdash; a thing of the past.&nbsp;</p> William Kaven unveil full proposal for Portland's Broadway Corridor Hope Daley 2018-02-15T13:42:00-05:00 >2018-02-17T16:03:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Kaven Architecture</a> have just released additional renderings of the firm's redevelopment proposal for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portland</a>'s Broadway Corridor,&nbsp;giving a more complete picture of their broader scheme.&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">initial release of Portland's tallest towers</a> last November, the firm has now fleshed out what the rest of the 5 million square foot development will entail.&nbsp;</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Portland Broadway Corridor conceptual plan by William Kaven Architecture. Image: William Kaven Architecture. </figcaption></figure><p>Their concept of reconnecting Union Station to the Pearl District involves removing the Broadway ramp and creating a pedestrian-centric district organized around an extension of the North Park Blocks.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>The firm also plans major shifts to public transportation, integrating a central hub for a high-speed rail and underground mass public transit next to Amtrack's Union Station.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Portland Broadway Corridor conceptual plan by William Kaven Architecture. Image: William Kaven Architecture. </figcaption></figure><p>This pedestrian friendly pla...</p> Scientists develop method to make wood harder than steel — or even transparent Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T17:55:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T17:57:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>[...] scientists say a simple and inexpensive new process can transform any type of wood into a material stronger than steel, and even some high-tech titanium alloys. [...] The results are impressive. The team&rsquo;s compressed wood is three times as dense as the untreated substance, Hu says, adding that its resistance to being ripped apart is increased more than 10-fold. It also can become about 50 times more resistant to compression and almost 20 times as stiff.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wood, so hot right now. Thanks to new and improved construction methods, there is barely a month going by without the announcement of record-breaking wooden structures and rapidly increasing height limits for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">cross-laminated timber skyscrapers</a> around the world.&nbsp;</p> <p>Meanwhile material scientists are pushing the qualities of one of the planet's most abundant building materials beyond existing boundaries: researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park <a href=";" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have published</a> their method of turning any kind of wood into <em>densified wood</em>, a material that exceeds the strength of steel while being lightweight and cheap to regrow. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The same UMD scientists</a>, as well as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">competing colleagues</a> at the&nbsp;KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, are also working to make a wood material that is&nbsp;transparent &mdash; potentially replacing conventional glass in certain applications.</p> Gehry reportedly tapped for new Facebook London HQ in King’s Cross Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T13:44:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T13:44:20-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Facebook is close to signing a deal for a new British headquarters at the King&rsquo;s Cross redevelopment in London. The social media giant is understood to be finalising outline terms with King&rsquo;s Cross Central, which is majority-owned by the AustralianSuper pension fund. Facebook is expected to take four buildings covering more than 700,000 sq ft, tripling the size of its footprint in the capital.</p></em><br /><br /><p>King's Cross is further strengthening its position as London's emerging tech hub, following previous proposed developments like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's mega&nbsp; "landscraper" HQ</a>, designed jointly by Heatherwick Studio and BIG.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Times</a></em> and <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect's Journal</a></em>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry Partners</a> is considered as architect for the new Facebook London base. Gehry and Zuckerberg go way back and have already collaborated on Facebook's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silicon Valley</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dublin, and other London</a> offices.</p> London MSG concert venue confirmed; new Sphere designs unveiled for Las Vegas Alexander Walter 2018-02-09T16:08:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T16:13:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) confirmed on Friday that it wants to build the Sphere, a glazed orb with up to 18,000 seats and room for 5,000 standing, beside the Olympic Park in east London. Designs of a similar &ldquo;sphere&rdquo; planned for Las Vegas suggest that the vault of the roof will become a giant screen for vast projections, which could evoke the sensation of being underwater or in a forest.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rumors about a monumental <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sphere-shaped music venue proposal for London</a> seem to be gaining substance: <em>The Guardian</em> reports that the New York-based Madison Square Garden Company confirmed its plans to build a glazed orb &mdash; designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Populous</a> &mdash; for over 20,000 concert goers near the Olympic Park. <br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>This interior rendering of Sphere Las Vegas suggests the capabilities of the dome's projection screens. Image: The Madison Square Garden Company</figcaption></figure><p>MSG also just revealed designs for a similar venue in Las Vegas, called <em>Sphere</em>, which will already break ground later this near the Venetian and Palazzo complex. The surface of Sphere reportedly boasts 190,000 linear feet of LED lighting on the exterior and 180,000 square feet of high-resolution screens on the interior, turning it into a giant, domed 360-degree screen for image and video projections, depending on the needs for each event that is being hosted.<br></p> Bringing Augmented Reality for architects to the small screen: Morpholio launches Trace app for iPhone Alexander Walter 2018-02-07T18:24:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T15:39:46-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>If you've already liked or used <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a>'s popular <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trace</a> app on the iPad Pro, you can now also get excited to put it to work on your small screen: TracePro just launched for iPhone and presents a powerful architectural application of Apple's ARKit <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a> framework in a pocket-friendly format.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>AR drawing</figcaption></figure><p>The app positions itself as a helpful tool in the field where critical design decisions have to be made consistently&nbsp;&mdash; with the amount of on-site design often outweighing planning in Concept and SD combined. <br></p> <p>"Not only do budgets, scope changes and fast track schedules force important design decisions on site," Morpholio explains the need for TracePro, "but unforeseen field conditions, contractor errors and never ending client changes can all keep your team designing and problem solving throughout CA."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Scale photos</figcaption></figure><p>Five so-called "CA Super Tools" are the app's key features designed to make architects' lives in the field easier:</p> <ol><li><strong>AR Drawing on Site:</strong> utilizing the iPhone's pow...</li></ol> Laser scans uncover thousands of ancient Mayan structures Alexander Walter 2018-02-05T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T14:06:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In what&rsquo;s being hailed as a &ldquo;major breakthrough&rdquo; in Maya archaeology, researchers have identified the ruins of more than 60,000 houses, palaces, elevated highways, and other human-made features that have been hidden for centuries under the jungles of northern Guatemala. Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for &ldquo;Light Detection And Ranging&rdquo;), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape [...]</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Biologically inspired pavilion designs explore lightweight construction solutions Hope Daley 2018-02-02T17:56:00-05:00 >2018-02-02T17:56:23-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD)</a> released&nbsp; designs for two light-weight <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pavilions</a> to be completed next spring of 2019. In collaboration with the&nbsp;Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, the projects&nbsp;will be robotically fabricated for the 2019 Bundesgartenschau exhibition in Heilbronn.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>BUGA Fiber Pavilion by ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart. Image: ICD. </figcaption></figure><p>Both pavilion designs draw from&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">biological</a> structures and their ability to exhibit a far higher degree of material efficiency and functional integrity. Each design revolves around the transfer of light-weight principles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>BUGA Fiber Pavilion by ICD/ITKE University of Stuttgart. Image: ICD. </figcaption></figure><figure><p>The BUGA Fiber Pavilion will be made entirely from individual&nbsp;glass and carbon&nbsp;fibre composites produced through a robotic winding process. This method allows the form and layout of each component to adapt depending on specific structural requirements.&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>BUGA Wood Pavi...</figcaption></figure> Kansas Architecture Dean Mahesh Daas on the future of robotic architecture Alexander Walter 2018-02-01T14:37:00-05:00 >2018-02-01T14:37:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>a new book co-written and co-edited by Mahesh Daas, dean of the University of Kansas School of Architecture &amp; Design, argues that robotics can and soon will be even further integrated into the design processes at the heart of architecture. [...] "We talk about robots and artificial intelligence for design," Daas said. "How we use robots in the design process, moving from the design process to prototype things."</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In that sense, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robots</a> become partners in exploring and designing," <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kansas Architecture</a> Dean Mahesh Daas says. "So it's not that robots are going to take over, but the distinction between robots and us begins to get blurred. One becomes the extension of the other."</p> The case for a semi-permeable architecture Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T20:18:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T20:19:59-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Our current built environment squanders too much fresh water and other vital resources, and tips too many poisonous substances into our surroundings. To develop a more sustainable relationship with the natural world, we need to allow chemical exchanges that take place within our living spaces, and between the inside and the outside. We need to embrace permeability.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Professor of experimental architecture, Rachel Armstrong, endorses a renewed symbiotic relationship between the built and the natural worlds and explains the benefits of permeability with the help of recent technological developments in the field of biodesign, such as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mycotecture</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">algaetecture</a>, bioplastics, and a variety of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bioreactors</a>.</p> Bogota from the Roofs, Streets and Sky by Camilo Mønón Navas Anthony Morey 2018-01-26T13:56:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>To me, everything looks fascinating from the air. But, for some reason, I never expected Bogot&aacute;, Colombia, to look so striking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Colombian artist, Camilo M&oslash;n&oacute;n Navas has produced a series of images titled, Arial Fa&ccedil;ades, in which Camilo takes various <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">perspectival photographs</a> and assembles them whimsical and fantastical means while bringing his home city of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bogota</a> to the surface through all its cultural glory.&nbsp;</p> <p>In Camilo's words. "Those buildings, spaces, or architectural complexes that are part of our city and that show us through a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drone</a> the incredible details that our city hides from the exploring from the terrace of my apartment&ndash;a 10-story building&ndash;the structures of the cities from the zenith views.&rdquo;</p> Coachella lineup created by a neural network generates new designers Hope Daley 2018-01-25T16:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Move over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bureau Spectacular,</a> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ball Nogues</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LOC</a>... robots are coming for your jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Botnik Studios</a>&nbsp;created a hilarious (and somewhat believable)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Coachella</a> lineup using their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">artificial intelligence</a> RNN&nbsp;algorithm to generate a list of band names and installation designers. Located at the bottom of the poster, the new designer list reads:</p> <p>With large-scale art installations by</p> <ul><li>Mr. Wall</li><li>Belly Legroom</li><li>Ed the Bjown</li><li>Benus Jackson</li><li>Melon Soxprane&nbsp;</li><li>Aunt Luke</li></ul><p>Personal favorites: "Creepwell, Then Sleepwell", "Boy/Boys", and of course "Aunt Luke". Will a real Aunt Luke please come forward and grace the world with large-scale art installations? Thank you.&nbsp;</p> The 'Tinder' for apartment swapping launches in the Netherlands Alexander Walter 2018-01-23T15:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Dutch social renters wanting to move to a new apartment can now use an app to swap houses with other renters. One precondition, both renters need to &lsquo;like&rsquo; each other&rsquo;s apartment to get a match. [...] Young renters with small apartments may swap with older residents who live in bigger apartments. In this way, the issue of scheefwonen (skew living &mdash; when people live in apartments that do not match their needs and desires) within the Dutch rental sector could be solved.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><em>"After two apartments are matched, the users are introduced to each other, after which they have to find out if their rental agreements are compatible enough for the renters to swap house."</em></p> Charging in Style: Danish firm COBE is rethinking fueling stations Anthony Morey 2018-01-22T13:40:00-05:00 >2018-01-24T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Shortly, electricity will replace petrol and diesel as the fuel for our cars, and such a change could radically shift our urban landscape as the formal aspects of gas stations is then open to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reimagining</a>. Danish Architecture firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">COBE</a> is looking to do just that. Understanding that under current technological trends the average charging time for an electric vehicle is upwards of 45 minutes, COBE is looking to use such a newly established time frame as a possible opportunity for rethinking the traditional <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gas station</a> as a place and less of a transient space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Small. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Medium. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ultrafast Charging Station: Large. Image: COBE</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Electric vehicles are the future. In our design, we want to offer drivers a much-needed and meaningful break in a green oasis. The energy and the technology are green, and we want the architecture, the materials and the concept to be green as well. Therefore, we&rsquo;ve designed a sculptural charg...</p> Apple's investment plan promises 20,000 jobs and a new campus Hope Daley 2018-01-18T19:32:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Apple expects to invest over $30 billion in capital expenditures in the US over the next five years and create over 20,000 new jobs through hiring at existing campuses and opening a new one. Apple already employs 84,000 people in all 50 states. The company plans to establish an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers. The location of this new facility will be announced later in the year.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a> recently released plans to invest $350 billion in the US economy and create 20,000 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">jobs</a> over the next 5 years. The company is also planning on building a new campus at a currently unknown location.&nbsp;Adding to the suspense of Amazon's new headquarters, US cities will now have a chance at scoring either of these powerhouses.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure><p>Supporting American manufacturing innovation, Apple is also&nbsp;increasing the size of their Advanced Manufacturing Fund from $1 billion to $5 billion.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Apple will spend an estimated $55 billion with US suppliers and manufacturers in 2018. Image: Apple. </figcaption></figure></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renewable energy</a> is also on the company's agenda. In keeping with all US Apple facilities,&nbsp;the recently announced new campus will also be powered entirely by green energy.</p> Amazon releases short list of 20 cities for its second headquarters Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-18T12:35:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now that it&rsquo;s down to a final list, Amazon says that it plans to &ldquo;dive deeper into their proposals&rdquo; and evaluate whether these locations can actually support the company&rsquo;s plan to add up to 50,000 jobs. The final list is full of mostly expected choices. Amazon is looking primarily at major metro areas with lots of people, transit options, and access to airports.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are the 20 finalists:</p> <ul><li>Atlanta, Georgia </li><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Boston, Massachusetts</li><li>Chicago, Illinois</li><li>Columbus, Ohio</li><li>Dallas, Texas</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Indianapolis, Indiana</li><li>Los Angeles, California</li><li>Miami, Florida</li><li>Montgomery County, Maryland</li><li>Nashville, Tennessee</li><li>Newark, New Jersey</li><li>New York City, New York</li><li>Northern Virginia, Virginia</li><li>Philadelphia, Pennsylvania</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Raleigh, North Carolina</li><li>Toronto, Ontario</li><li>Washington, DC.</li></ul> China builds "world's biggest air purifier" to battle air pollution Alexander Walter 2018-01-17T13:36:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China &ndash; dubbed the world&rsquo;s biggest air purifier by its operators &ndash; has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation&rsquo;s chronic smog problem. [...] The head of the research, Cao Junji, said improvements in air quality had been observed over an area of 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles) in the city over the past few months [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Now that the experimental <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smog</a>-eating tower is up and running in the city of Xian, authorities are hoping to build much bigger, scaled-up versions in other Chinese cities soon: "A full-sized tower would reach 500 metres (1,640 feet) high with a diameter of 200 metres (656 feet)," the <em>South China Morning Post</em> writes.<br></p> Virtual reality's emergence in real estate. Finally, Penthouse shopping made easy! Anthony Morey 2018-01-15T15:07:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T15:18:43-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Virtual reality, a technology that most associate with gaming, entertainment and dystopic warnings from sci-fi writers including Ray Bradbury and Neal Stephenson, has moved into the real estate world in a big way.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With increasing <em>frustration</em> of penthouse shoppers reaching an immeasurable high, a novel application of new technology has been making a splash in the real estate market. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtual reality</a> has become the go-to tool for allowing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">real estate</a> investors the opportunity to see precisely what they are paying for, before paying for it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Developers and Architects had already begun to use <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">virtual reality</a> as a means to understand ongoing projects, specification questions or operational processes but now this medium of spatial exploration has reached the ultimate audience, the potential inhabitant/client.</p> Foundation by Volkan Alkanoglu & Matthew Au Anthony Morey 2018-01-15T13:09:00-05:00 >2018-01-15T13:58:22-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Volkan Alkanoglu</a> has a prolific history of producing provocative interventions that playfully embrace the audience while researching and experimenting with the limits of color, geometry, depth and the representational techniques which use them. From his Cloudscape playground in Florida to his eruption of Plumes throughout the country, Volkan has found a delicate balance between tectonics, art, architecture and the image.</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="image: VA | DESIGN" title="image: VA | DESIGN"></a><figcaption>image: VA | DESIGN</figcaption></figure></figure><p>His most recent addition to his body of work completed with a partnership with Designer Matthew Au is no exception.&nbsp; Foundation, an installation in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lee Hall III, on the Clemson University Campus</a> consists of two formations: the visual and physical extension of the roof form on the wall as a 3Dimensional reading of the building, and the unique and custom folded golden structures which are inspired by the geometry of the building as well as the techniques used by students during their academic studies.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>image: VA | DESIGN</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>image: VA | DESIGN</figcaption></figure><p>The implement...</p> Go with the flow: the case for amphibious architecture Alexander Walter 2018-01-10T15:27:00-05:00 >2018-01-10T15:27:36-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Unlike traditional buildings, amphibious structures are not static; they respond to floods like ships to a rising tide, floating on the water&rsquo;s surface. [...] Amphibiation may be an unconventional strategy, but it reflects a growing consensus that, at a time of climatic volatility, people can&rsquo;t simply fight against water; they have to learn to live with it.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>The New Yorker</em> features&nbsp;Elizabeth English, an associate professor of architecture at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Waterloo</a> and founder of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buoyant Foundation Project</a> which seeks to promote the benefits of amphibious architecture for homes in flood-prone areas and communities that will experience the effects of rising sea levels resulting from climate change. <br>"The water gets to do what the water wants to do," English says. "It&rsquo;s not a confrontation with Mother Nature&mdash;it&rsquo;s an acceptance of Mother Nature."</p> From Search Engines to Sidewalks? Anthony Morey 2018-01-10T12:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Yet what has drawn the most concern and curiosity with regards to Quayside is a uniquely 21st-century feature: a data-harvesting, wifi-beaming &ldquo;digital layer&rdquo; that would underpin each proposed facet of Quayside life. According to Sidewalk Labs, this would provide &ldquo;a single unified source of information about what is going on&rdquo;&mdash;to an astonishing level of detail&mdash;as well as a centralized platform for efficiently managing it all.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While tech companies struggle to discover the new way to get a glimpse into our daily habits&mdash;attempting to discover how and where we spend our time and money&mdash;Alphabet might have just brought the &lsquo;<em>Truman Show</em>&rsquo; approach to marketing.&nbsp;</p> <p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sidewalk Labs</a>, a subsidiary of Alphabet, announcing its first ever Urban Development in Toronto earlier this year, it is no surprise that tech companies have switched gears and begun to see the city itself as a device, rather than just the thing in your hand. Tech giants are beginning to turn architecture into a tool for data collection and that data is then becoming the perspective in which the Architecture is critiqued. What does that spell for the discipline at large?&nbsp;</p> <p>Beyond our discipline, if every decision is based on its ability to produce more data, how does that impact privacy and freedom of choice? What would the pop-up ad equivalent become if it is capable of leaving the digital screen and becoming an urban phenomenon and where would the ...</p> Australians outraged over plans for an Apple store at Federation Square in Melbourne Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-01-05T14:39:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Announced on Wednesday, the two-level glass-walled pavilion was unveiled with a promise from Apple that the planned project "increases public space and provides a daily program of activity to inspire and educate the community." But it's this element of public space that has people a little concerned.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Residents of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne</a> are angered by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple</a>'s plans to locate its new flagship store at Federation Square, a public center commonly used to house gatherings, protests, sports screening, concerts and Council-organized events. The site is also home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre, the headquarters for public broadcaster SBS, and the Yarra Building&mdash;the latter of which will be destroyed to make room for the store.&nbsp;</p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=1028"><figcaption>Federation Square is a civic center and cultural precinct in the city of Melbourne.</figcaption></figure><p>The Yarra Building, a large, deconstructivist&nbsp;structure, houses the Koorie Heritage Trust, an Aboriginal arts and cultural organization that will be displaced by the decision. Apple has promised to foot the bill for the building's demolition and the Trust has plans to move into a larger space also within Federation Square. However, the Yarra building's quartz-like design is in keeping with the deconstructivist character of the ...</p> The Moscow That Never Was: new VR/AR tour showcases unrealized icons of Soviet architecture Alexander Walter 2018-01-04T15:24:00-05:00 >2018-01-04T15:26:27-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>New virtual reality tours are giving Muscovites the chance to see the Russian capital as the socialist utopia envisioned by the city&rsquo;s Soviet architects. The new project, The Moscow That Never Was, lets visitors&nbsp;glimpse shelved Soviet landmarks as they should have appeared on Moscow&rsquo;s streets using VR goggles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The 2-hour virtual/augmented reality tours through central Moscow feature&nbsp;utopian architectural projects that never quite saw the light of day, including the infamous Palace of the Soviets (imagined as the world's tallest building, crowned with a 300-ft Lenin statue), an alternate Lenin Mausoleum, Stalin's eighth 'sisters' skyscraper in Zarayadye Park, the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry HQ on Red Square, among others.</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><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>More information about the The Moscow That Never Was tours&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>All images via Retro Futuro.</em></p> Photographer documents where human-imposed grid must bend to Earth Hope Daley 2018-01-04T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Photographer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gerco de Ruijter</a>&nbsp;is widely known for his work focusing on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">grids</a> and other signs of human-imposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">geometry</a> on the landscape.&nbsp;His latest work explores instances in the North American landscape where the Jeffersonian road grid is forced to go awry due to the curvature of the Earth. His film <em>Grid Corrections</em>&nbsp;was made digging through <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Earth imagery</a>&nbsp;of the Thomas Jefferson Grid, a grid built of exact square mile increments that must bend every 24 miles.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Photo: still from &ldquo;Grid Corrections&rdquo; by Gerco de Ruijter, courtesy of the Ulrich Museum of Art.</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Check out a one minute clip of his film documenting these strange instances of T-intersections and zigzagging turns, where the human grid is forced to account for its natural environment. Read more about the project on&nbsp;Geoff Manaugh's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BLDGBLOG</a>.&nbsp;</p> Extensive windfarm island plans in the North Sea may be a design solution Hope Daley 2018-01-03T16:04:00-05:00 >2018-01-04T10:16:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Britain&rsquo;s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network. The radical proposal envisages an island being built to act as a hub for vast offshore windfarms that would eclipse today&rsquo;s facilities in scale. Dogger Bank, 125km (78 miles) off the East Yorkshire coast, has been identified as a potentially windy and shallow site.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Plans by TenneT, the Dutch <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">power</a> grid, aim to build a power hub potentially at Dogger Bank, a site in the North Sea, at a scale that far surpasses current offshore sites. A long-distance cable would send <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">energy</a> to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Netherlands</a>, with other countries possibly added later. Early studies were released stating this solution could be far cheaper than conventional windfarms.&nbsp;</p> <p>The North Sea windfarm plans are a potential solution to the industry&rsquo;s challenge of continuing to make offshore wind cheaper. As these sites are pushed further and further off the coast the expense grows, while closer and cheaper areas near land fill up.<br></p> <p>Check out the promo video by TenneT:&nbsp;</p> Architecture and engineering professionals weigh in on technology trends for 2018 Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-29T15:56:00-05:00 >2017-12-29T15:56:21-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new study put out by Chaos Group</a> reveals how recent trends are affecting the architecture industry and offers insight into some of the potential changes we can expect for 2018. Based on feedback from 5,769 industry professionals, the study found, overall, the biggest change in architecture in the past 3 years to be the industry's increased reliance on recently introduced technology like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIM</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a>. 70% of those surveyed for the study cited increased reliance on technology as the industry's biggest shift, greatly surpassing the previously cited demand for sustainable design.</p> <p>The study also reported that we can expect to see this continued growth in 2018. Over&nbsp;two-thirds of architecture and architectural visualization professionals plan to use VR next year; 28% already are, with another 28% currently experimenting. Additionally, of the adopters, 80% are using the technology on multiple projects, suggesting that VR is playing a more significant role in company workflows.&nbsp;</p> <p>The demand ...</p> Gamespace Urbanism: understanding reality through simulation Alexander Walter 2017-12-29T12:18:00-05:00 >2017-12-29T12:18:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The following examples show how gamespace can become the stage for a social, political and ethical critique: from a nondescript city under the effect of gentrification, to a barren luxury estate and a set of playful and absurd buildings for London. These examples suggest that, rather than allowing architects to indulge Piranesi&rsquo;s power-hungry ideal, games could work as a means of showing how dysfunctional reality really is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In her essay <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gamespace Urbanism: City-Building Games and Radical Simulations</a> for <em>Failed Architecture</em>, Federica Buzzi looks at a new crop of indie city-planning computer games that promise fresh potential for simulation and exploration of radical urban scenarios &mdash; and subsequent social, political, and ethical critique: "Beyond critique and virtual entertainment, the question they open up is whether games can be used as reliable systems to study and solve actual and theoretical conflicts."</p> Archinect Sessions Podcast Highlights from 2017 Archinect 2017-12-28T16:21:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week, for our last show of the year, Donna, Ken and Paul share highlights from their favorite episodes. It wasn't an easy task, as the year was filled with some brilliant guests and engaging conversations. Let us know, in the comments, what your favorite moments were from this year. We're also looking for listener requests for upcoming shows... who do you want us to invite on the show as guests?&nbsp;What do you want us to talk about more?&nbsp;What do you want us to talk about less?&nbsp;Should we add music to the show?&nbsp;</p> <figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=1028"></a></figure><p>Archinector <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marc Miller</a> (and previous guest on the podcast), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">started a thread a while back soliciting ideas for the podcast</a>. It would be great to see some more comments there as well!</p> <p>Listen to "Archinect Sessions Podcast Highlights from 2017":</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="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>: subscribe with any of ...</li></ul> Most Popular Features of 2017 Anthony Morey 2017-12-25T11:00:00-05:00 >2017-12-26T00:31:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From job auditions and activism to artificial intelligence and life beyond architecture, 2017 brought upon a very eclectic collection of top features of the year. Looking back, we collected the the most relished and savored; which one did you love?<br><br><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architecture of Artificial Intelligence</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>What is the role of the architect in the never ended advancement of technology, automation and now, the arrival of artificial intelligence? Working through various perspectives such as issues of social research, design decision-making we worked our way through the possible outcomes and speed bumps of today&rsquo;s reality.&nbsp;<br></p> <p><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What&rsquo;s Wrong with Academia? On Alternative Schools of Architecture</a></strong></p> <figure><img src=";auto=compress%2Cformat&amp;w=728&amp;dpr=2"></figure><p>From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Free School of Architecture</a>, Beatriz Colomina&rsquo;s project, Radical Pedagogies and SCI-Arc&rsquo;s Theory and Pedagogy program, the current state of architectural education, profession and methods have been a hot topic of 2017 along with being the main focus of endless institutional symposia, lectures, and exhibitions. F...</p> Google Maps is integrating buildings and architectural details, far surpassing other map makers such as Apple & Bing Hope Daley 2017-12-21T16:51:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Justin O'Beirne lays out years worth of research on mapping technologies in his essay <em>Google Map's Moat.</em> O'Beirne reveals,"Over the past year, we&rsquo;ve been comparing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Maps</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple Maps</a> [...] The biggest difference is the building footprints: Google seems to have them all, while Apple doesn&rsquo;t have any. [...] The buildings are a new thing, and I&rsquo;ve been watching Google gradually add them over the past year."</p> <p>With plenty of map screenshot GIFs, O'Beirne illustrates how Google has integrated architecture (including sheds, trailers, garages, etc.) with fairly accurate architectural detail just in the past year. Compared alongside Apple and other <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">mapping technologies</a>, Google is far ahead of the game.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Architectural detail on churches from Google maps, even the front steps are included. Photo: Justin O'Beirne.</figcaption></figure><p>Google is also using this data to create AOI's, Areas of Interest, on it's mapping service. Using it's building footprint data collected from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">satellites</a> and the function of tho...</p>