Archinect - News 2017-09-25T09:39:28-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150029293/is-that-augmented-reality-in-your-pocket-morpholio-updates-their-apps-to-take-advantage-of-apple-s-new-arkit Is that Augmented Reality in your pocket? Morpholio updates their apps to take advantage of Apple's new ARKit Paul Petrunia 2017-09-19T15:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-19T15:52:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hr/hr9mucfpr8ebz25g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hr/hr9mucfpr8ebz25g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hr/hr9mucfpr8ebz25g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hr/hr9mucfpr8ebz25g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, just released today. One of the biggest updates that should get the attention of architects is <a href="https://developer.apple.com/arkit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARKit</a>, Apple's new <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/8401/augmented-reality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">augmented reality</a> framework. ARKit provides the opportunity to for Apple and 3rd party developers to create AR experiences anew, or to enhance existing applications for iPhone and iPad.</p> <p>Augmented reality is relatively old news, but the fact that this framework is now baked into the most popular mobile device in the world, soon to be married to Apple's latest AR-friendly hardware, is big news. Millions of people around the world will soon have some of the most advanced AR tools in their pockets, regardless if they want it. Businesses and app developers now have the opportunity to show the potential of AR to people without requiring them to purchase expensive new hardware and software.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/188790/morpholio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morpholio</a>, a company that we've covered previously on Archinect, is dedicated to bringing this new technology to architects and interior des...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150028743/from-chicago-to-pittsburgh-in-47-minutes-hyperloop-one-global-challenge-announces-10-winning-teams-routes-in-north-america-europe-south-asia From Chicago to Pittsburgh in 47 minutes: Hyperloop One Global Challenge announces 10 winning teams & routes in North America, Europe, South Asia Alexander Walter 2017-09-15T15:21:00-04:00 >2017-09-15T15:31:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8d/8d81mnrhk94nkp1i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Hyperloop One just announced the winners of its <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/149985681/hyperloop-one-announces-35-semifinalists-in-17-countries-for-its-global-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">global challenge</a>, unveiling ten teams from five countries with their proposals of the strongest routes for future <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> connections. As a next step, the company plans to work with the teams and expert business and engineering partners to determine technical feasibility and commercial viability.</p> <p>Architecture &amp; engineering giant <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/106465/aecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AECOM</a> was announced in a supporting function in a newly formed public-private partnership between Hyperloop One and the Colorado Department of Transportation to launch a feasibility study in Colorado examining transportation demand, economic benefits, proposed routes, regulatory environments as well as alignment with overall CDOT high-speed travel, rail and freight plans.</p> <p>The ten winning route proposals (listed below) connect 53 urban centers and impact nearly 150 million people in Canada, India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the company says.<br></p> <p><strong>United States: Chicago-&shy;Columbus-&shy;Pittsburgh</strong><br>4...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150025514/building-a-gentrification-early-warning-system-with-big-data Building a gentrification early warning system with big data Alexander Walter 2017-08-30T19:05:00-04:00 >2017-08-31T14:32:02-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/su/su99dfw0ygrn8e29.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/su/su99dfw0ygrn8e29.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/su/su99dfw0ygrn8e29.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/su/su99dfw0ygrn8e29.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>But what if there were a way to see gentrification long before the coffee shops, condos and Whole Foods appear? What if city planners and neighborhoods had an early warning system that could sniff out the changes just as they begin? [...] neighborhood advocates would have the opportunity to implement policies ranging from reserving affordable housing units to educating residents of their renting rights to helping small businesses negotiate long-term lease extensions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In his <em>NPR</em> piece, astrophysics professor Adam Frank explains how various big data sets, like housing prices, eviction records, census data, or social media usage, can be utilized for "predictive analytics" to detect early onsets of <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/18658/gentrification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">gentrification</a> for specific neighborhoods at an increasingly high resolution&nbsp;&mdash; and what significant perils come with it.<br></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150023205/considering-the-downsides-of-smart-home-technologies Considering the downsides of Smart Home technologies Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-17T14:52:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T14:52:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jg/jgsrnaiuc2d63sv6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Essey is an engineer at Uber and an early adopter of the Internet of things. He can control his lights with his Amazon Echo or an array of touchpad sensors he has installed throughout the home. Sensors tell him when there's water in the basement or a leak under the sink. While Essey's setup might sound a little like science fiction, it's a prototype of the future. Some critics are worried these devices won't be secure and that companies will use them to spy on us to make money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/313765/internet-of-things" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Internet of things</a> becomes more ingrained in our daily lives, some people are turning ordinary homes into&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/90971/smart-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">smart homes</a>.&nbsp;One way of doing that is by integrating smart appliances (dishwasher, fridges, microwaves, toasters, etc). That strategy, however, can be expensive and not very efficient, since most of the devices are costly and often are not smart enough to communicate with each other, especially if produced by different manufacturers.<br></p> <p>The other way is to get sensors, and put them on everything you want to monitor. "But then those get really unwieldy and you've got all these things sticking around and they look ugly and socially obtrusive," Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University says. Laput and his team, in fact, built such a <a href="http://www.gierad.com/projects/supersensor/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sensor</a>.&nbsp;When plugged into the wall, the 2-inch-square circuit board senses about a dozen different facets of its environment: vibrations, sounds, light color and so on. The sensor communicates wirelessly with a computer, which inte...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150020270/penn-state-s-college-of-arts-and-architecture-launches-digital-photo-archive Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture launches digital photo archive Alexander Walter 2017-07-31T13:49:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T13:50:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mf51hmdzrz983yzn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mf51hmdzrz983yzn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mf51hmdzrz983yzn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mf51hmdzrz983yzn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After three years of planning and design, the College of Arts and Architecture has launched a public, searchable photo archive of images from within the college. The online photo archive, Arts and Architecture Resource Collaborative (AARC), is the product of a partnership among the College of Arts and Architecture Alumni and Communications Office, the Visual Resources Centre (VRC), and Arts and Architecture Information Technology (AAIT).</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"<a href="https://aarc.arts.psu.edu/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AARC</a> features images provided by multiple photographers with search criteria customized for the college, including department names, keywords, proper names and dates. Through a series of focus groups with key users and uploaders, the AARC team built a robust metadata structure, providing easy access and user-friendly instructions for searching and uploading images."</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019318/the-amish-men-that-are-building-america-s-rvs The Amish men that are building America's RVs Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-25T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:08:01-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tu1n1cfe1r2a3dw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tu1n1cfe1r2a3dw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tu1n1cfe1r2a3dw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/1t/1tu1n1cfe1r2a3dw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When most Amish men were farmers, it was common for them to work seasonally with non-Amish in town, on more traditional things like cabinet making or carpentry, or even making cigar boxes, boats and band instruments. Nolt, who conducted interviews in the late &lsquo;90s with Amish workers in the boat-making industry, said interviewees pointed to the fact that making the wooden boats was similar to wood working.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>According to Steve Nolt, Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, most of the Amish men under 65 work in factories. The majority of these manufacturing plants either assemble RVS or supply parts such as cabinets or windows.</em></p> <p>Such increased involvement of the Amish&nbsp;in the non-Amish workplaces has had significant and transformative consequences on their community. Northern Indiana Amish, in particular, have always had some relationship to the outside world. According to Nolt's date, 56.3 percent&nbsp;of men in the Nappanee settlement and 53 percent in the Elkhart-LaGrange settlement are now employed by the RV industry. How did their working patterns shift so dramatically?&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The big reason, says Nolt, is what he called an &ldquo;economic squeeze and demographic crisis,&rdquo; a shift in the 1980s that pushed the Amish (and other farmers across the country) from the farms into the factory. By the time the 1980s Farm Crisis hit, Amish families had alre...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150017459/amazon-s-patent-for-aquatic-storage-facilities-could-turn-lakes-into-underwater-warehouses Amazon's patent for "Aquatic Storage Facilities" could turn lakes into underwater warehouses Alexander Walter 2017-07-13T15:53:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T15:54:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jbnxcyfkwef3s0ov.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jbnxcyfkwef3s0ov.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jbnxcyfkwef3s0ov.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/jb/jbnxcyfkwef3s0ov.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>American e-commerce giant Amazon has filed a patent with the US patents office for a system for storing and retrieving goods in an underwater facility. When an item is ordered for delivery, a sonic signal is transmitted from a buoy to the warehouse, which activates an air canister that inflates a balloon, allowing the chosen product to float to the surface where it would be dispatched to the customer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Just last month, Amazon made headlines when it filed a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150014237/amazon-submits-patent-for-a-drone-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">patent for a drone tower design</a>, essentially a multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles in densely populated areas.&nbsp;</p> <p>Now a recent Amazon patent for "Aquatic Storage Facilities" has surfaced, allowing us a glimpse into the engineers' quest to overcome limitations in storage capabilities, tackle inefficient use of space in vast fulfillment centers, and eliminate the extremely long distances staff members or robots have to cover when fulfilling orders.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iv/ivhpg9aq8rqynp1o.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/iv/ivhpg9aq8rqynp1o.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>United States Patent Office</figcaption></figure><p>"Because today's online marketplaces offer a wide variety of items to customers [...]," the patent description explains, "fulfillment centers now include increasingly large and complex facilities having expansive capabilities and high-technology accommodations for items, and feature storage areas as large as one million square feet or more. Therefore, in order to prepare and ship an order that includes a large number or different types o...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016993/the-sideways-elevator-that-will-revolutionize-building-has-arrived The sideways elevator that will revolutionize building has arrived Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T10:34:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Until now, architects have had to design around the elevator shafts, which can comprise 40 percent of a building's core. Multi could allow them to install elevators almost anywhere, including the perimeter. Strong magnets on every Multi car work with a magnetized coil running along the elevator hoistway&rsquo;s guide rails to make the cars float. Turning these coils on and off creates magnetic fields strong enough to pull the car in various directions.&#8203;&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>After three years of work, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/64325/thyssenkrupp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, a&nbsp;company synonymous with elevators, is testing the Multi in a German tower and finalizing the safety certification. Zooming up, down, left, right, and diagonally the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/219791/elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">elevator</a> was just sold to a residential building under construction in Berlin, and is expected to be sold to other developers soon.</p> <p>"Multi moves to-and-fro through exchangers, which you can think of as sophisticated railway switches that guide the cars. Bearings called "slings" mounted to every elevator car allow it to change direction&mdash;say, move to the left, or even go diagonally&mdash;while keeping the car level with the ground. &ldquo;The cabin never moves during an exchange,&rdquo; company CEO Patrick Bass says.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ls/lstv1m6nl1izef4h.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ls/lstv1m6nl1izef4h.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of ThyssenKrupp</figcaption><p>Designed to move 1,000 to 1,400 feet per minute, far slower than the 1,968 fpm experienced in Dubai&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>, the new elevator prioritizes volume over speed. (Speeds over 2,000 feet per minute lead to ear problems and nausea.) Free of the cables...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016755/google-s-dandelion-startup-wants-to-make-geothermal-energy-more-affordable-for-homeowners Google's Dandelion startup wants to make geothermal energy more affordable for homeowners Alexander Walter 2017-07-10T14:49:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T09:23:18-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zp/zpdscfcovqjlygqn.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Google parent Alphabet is spinning off a little-known unit working on geothermal power called Dandelion, which will begin offering residential energy services. [...] Dandelion chief executive Kathy Hannun said her team had been working for several years "to make it easier and more affordable to heat and cool homes with the clean, free, abundant, and renewable energy source right under our feet," and that the efforts culminated with the creation of an independent company outside of Alphabet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"In the U.S., buildings account for 39% of all carbon emissions, mostly from the combustion of fossil fuels for heating and cooling," <a href="https://dandelion.co/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dandelion</a> CEO Kathy Hannun explains on the company's <a href="https://blog.x.company/introducing-dandelion-2706eded169a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blog</a>. "In the Northeast, heating and cooling is particularly carbon-intensive due to the relatively high use of fuel oil or propane as a heating fuel.&nbsp;This also leads to unpredictable costs for homeowners; if fuel prices rise during a particularly long and cold winter, their wallets take a hit."</p> <p>Hannun describes how designing a better drill was the key to reducing cost, time, hassle, and environmental impact of the drilling process: "After months of testing, we hit upon a design for a fast, slender drill that hit our objectives. It could drill just one or two deep holes just a few inches wide, and compared to typical installation rigs, it produced less waste and took up much less space as it operated. It left a typical suburban backyard relatively undisturbed, so we could minimize landscaping costs ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011122/tinkering-connections-between-architecture-and-neuroscience Tinkering connections between architecture and neuroscience Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-06T15:54:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T16:57:24-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wq/wqg59ugqkw2z46rn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The importance of urban design goes far beyond feel-good aesthetics. A number of studies have shown that growing up in a city doubles the chances of someone developing schizophrenia, and increases the risk for other mental disorders such as depression and chronic anxiety.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While it might appear as common intuitive knowledge, humans are strongly influenced by their context. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in studies on the connection between <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/398896/neuroscience" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">neuroscience</a> and architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>Last month, London's&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/703364/conscious-cities-conference" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Conscious Cities Conference</a>&nbsp;brought together architects, designers, engineers, neuroscientists and psychologists to encourage more multidisciplinary engagement. Some of the recent psychological studies focus on defining a stimulating space through the use of&nbsp;wearable devices that monitor skin conductance, various apps, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00038628.2016.1266597?journalCode=tasr20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">VR</a> and EEG headsets for either visualizing or&nbsp;measuring brain's activity and mental states. Other <a href="http://cdn.bmwguggenheimlab.org/TESTING_TESTING_BMW_GUGGENHEIM_LAB_2013_2.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">findings</a> include data on the impact of building facades on our moods, <a href="http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(08)61689-X/abstract" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">green space</a> on our health, and urban environments on our <a href="https://www.pps.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">social interactions</a>.</p><p>Analyzing the ways in which the built environment affects our brains through evidence-based research can grant architects the insight needed for making healthier and more socially-consc...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150010441/archinect-lax-det-mini-sessions-a-conversation-with-sean-ahlquist-detroit-based-architect-educator-and-researcher Archinect LAX >< DET Mini Sessions; A Conversation with Sean Ahlquist, Detroit-Based Architect, Educator and Researcher Paul Petrunia 2017-06-01T16:46:00-04:00 >2017-06-01T16:46:14-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a0/a07y16762kak14h9.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a0/a07y16762kak14h9.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a0/a07y16762kak14h9.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a0/a07y16762kak14h9.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>This week we are releasing a series of conversations, or "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/666774/mini-sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mini-Sessions</a>", with architects and designers in&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/1322/los-angeles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/12263/detroit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>, in partnership with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ladesignfestival.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Design Festival</a>. The festival will be taking place in Downtown LA from June 8 to 11th. Today we're sharing my conversation with Sean Ahlquist, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. I talk with him about architectural education and his work merging new technologies with innovative applications of architecture and material research in his Lab for Material Architectures.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>If you&rsquo;re able to attend the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ladesignfestival.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Design Festival</a>, make sure to check out the&nbsp;live panel, titled&nbsp;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lax-det-tickets-33874062232" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LAX &gt;&lt; DET</a>, discussing the connection between LA and Detroit, a collaboration with the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.detroitdesignfestival.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Design Festival</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://laforum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. Forum for Architecture and Design</a>. The event will be taking place on June 10th, from 2-4pm at&nbsp;<a href="http://rowdtla.com/offices/777-s-alameda-st/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ROW DTLA</a>&nbsp;777 Alameda Street, and will include Edwin Chan, Chris Den...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150009500/as-the-cities-change-google-street-view-records As the cities change, Google Street View records Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T15:27:00-04:00 >2017-05-26T20:33:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/74/74ghto7h7zjem7r6.PNG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been a decade since Google Street View launched, giving folks all the tools they need to virtually travel to far-flung places without leaving the comfort of their couch. But the tool is also useful for those who are curious about the evolution of places over time&mdash;and few places have experienced as drastic a change to their landscape in the past decade as New York City.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Consider how much NYC has transformed in the past ten years. It is hard to even imagine the city's appearance in 2007 &mdash; prior to&nbsp;20 skyscrapers' rising above the southern side of Central Park, before projects like <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/53803/hudson-yards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2191/high-line/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the High Line</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/494045/pacific-park-brooklyn" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pacific Park </a>even begun their construction,&nbsp;and back when&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/252581/williamsburg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Williamsburg</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/360148/long-island-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Island City</a> were not nearly as dense as today.</p><p>To see it for yourself, head over to <a href="https://www.google.com/streetview/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View</a> for some time-traveling. The feature can be activated by pressing the clock icon below your location.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8msxl7mpufjcbiud.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/aw/awp3si907qkct6po.jpg"><em>View of 339 11th St in 2009 vs 2016</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008899/pittsburgh-disappointed-with-uber-s-self-driving-car-experiment Pittsburgh disappointed with Uber's self-driving car experiment Alexander Walter 2017-05-23T11:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T11:58:31-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s1/s1k4sce3p2ed4fcj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s1/s1k4sce3p2ed4fcj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s1/s1k4sce3p2ed4fcj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s1/s1k4sce3p2ed4fcj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>When Uber picked this former Rust Belt town as the inaugural city for its driverless car experiment, Pittsburgh played the consummate host. [...] Nine months later, Pittsburgh residents and officials say Uber has not lived up to its end of the bargain. [...] The deteriorating relationship between Pittsburgh and Uber offers a cautionary tale, especially as other cities consider rolling out driverless car trials from Uber, Alphabet&rsquo;s Waymo and others.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Starting later this month," <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/uber-s-first-self-driving-fleet-arrives-in-pittsburgh-this-month-is06r7on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote <em>Bloomberg</em></a> less than one year ago, "Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved." Since then, Pittsburgh appears to have fallen out of love with the ride-sharing giant's promises for the city.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007004/mit-is-developing-3d-printing-technology-capable-of-making-a-basic-building-structure MIT is developing 3D-printing technology capable of making a basic building structure Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T12:45:00-04:00 >2017-05-12T10:31:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s6/s6yoag3grzuikrk0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s6/s6yoag3grzuikrk0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s6/s6yoag3grzuikrk0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/s6/s6yoag3grzuikrk0.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the researchers, structures built with this tech will be faster to make and cheaper than traditional construction. They'll be customizable and enable forms otherwise difficult to manufacture. "Even the internal structure could be modified in new ways," they write, "different materials could be incorporated as the process goes along, and material density could be varied to provide optimum combinations of strength, insulation, or other properties."</p><p>The process involves using a large, industrial robotic arm with a smaller, precision-motion robotic arm attached on a movable track. The highly controllable arm can work as a traditional construction nozzle, pouring concrete or spraying insulation,&nbsp;<em>or&nbsp;</em>be used for digital fabrication with something like a milling head.</p><p>The system is different than other large 3-D printers in that it's free-moving and doesn't require an enclosed, fixed structure. To test it out, researchers built a 12 ft. high dome out of foam insulation in less th...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007002/this-kickstarter-wants-to-turn-your-window-blinds-into-solar-power-generators This Kickstarter wants to turn your window blinds into solar power generators Nicholas Korody 2017-05-11T12:33:00-04:00 >2017-05-11T12:33:19-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kh/khi8idksfn4qlaxz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kh/khi8idksfn4qlaxz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kh/khi8idksfn4qlaxz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/kh/khi8idksfn4qlaxz.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Let&rsquo;s say you want to switch to solar&mdash;for ecological or economic reasons&mdash;but are a renter. Installing solar panels on your roof isn&rsquo;t really an option unless you get permission from your landlord. Enter Solar Gaps, or photovoltaic solar blinds that can be installed easily, and temporarily, on any window. According to their <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1170840477/solargaps-smart-solar-blinds?token=cb9cdc97" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, Solar Gaps can reduce your electricity bill by up to 70%</p><p><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/xo/xoecbdfflbozqm86.gif"></p><p>The smart blinds track the sun throughout the day and adjust their position accordingly. They can generate up to 100W-150W of renewable energy per 10 sq. ft. (&asymp; 1 m2) of a window, which can power three MacBooks. They also are still regular blinds, and so can reduce energy by shading the interior to lower AC costs. Moreover, the Solar Gaps integrate with existing smart home tech, like Google Home, and can be controlled with your smart phone.</p><p>It&rsquo;s a pretty nifty idea, and their implementation is pretty easy to imagine. As of now, they have the look of photovoltaics, so they don&rsquo;t necessarily blend i...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150006829/big-designs-a-new-smart-lock BIG designs a new "smart lock" Nicholas Korody 2017-05-10T13:13:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T12:55:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z8/z8vt8h7tl5enhdii.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z8/z8vt8h7tl5enhdii.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z8/z8vt8h7tl5enhdii.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z8/z8vt8h7tl5enhdii.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>While Rem Koolhaas <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">called</a> smart homes &ldquo;potentially sinister&rdquo;, his former protege Bjarke Ingels seems to have no problem with them. BIG has partnered up with Friday Labs, a smart home product company, to design a smart lock.</p><p>The door lock is connected to your smart phone so you can give access to your house remotely&mdash;say if a friend is visiting from out of town or if you&rsquo;re worried your kids will forget to lock the door on their way out. It&rsquo;s about the size of a coffee cup, the company notes, and its ergonomic, BIG-design is sure to be one of its major selling points. The shell is available in several interchangeable colors.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s hoping hackers can&rsquo;t get access. Or, as Koolhaas warns, that these sleek smart locks don&rsquo;t &ldquo;betray you&rdquo;.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8m/8m6nh51iild79ter.jpg"></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150004948/mit-and-steelcase-reveal-a-new-process-of-3d-printing MIT and Steelcase reveal a new process of 3D printing Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-27T18:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-28T12:21:30-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0s/0s3y9vs2xltyjj3m.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0s/0s3y9vs2xltyjj3m.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0s/0s3y9vs2xltyjj3m.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/0s/0s3y9vs2xltyjj3m.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created.</p></em><br /><br /><p>From hearts to pizza, many industries have been eager to investigate the potential usages of 3D printing since the technology first became an obsession. In the realm of architecture, companies have experimented with everything from <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149995791/in-24-hours-get-a-3d-printed-house-that-will-last-175-years" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed homes</a> to <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129807944/amsterdam-could-get-a-new-3d-printed-bridge-built-by-robots" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridges</a>. However, the limitations &ndash; mainly that the process is too slow, difficult for large-scale adaptation, and the materials are of low quality &ndash; have kept the technology from being used on a commercial level.</p><p>Here to change that is MIT and furniture-giant, Steelcase, whom have teamed up to work on a new process of 3D printing that solves many of these issues. The innovation is Rapid Liquid Printing, in which a giant tub of goo is injected with a material (hard plastics or flexible rubbers) in continuous streams to form the shape of the desired object. Printing inside a gel allows the designer to draw in 3D space without the limitations of gravity. Additionally, the two-part mixing process chemically cures the material allowing the ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003549/the-icd-itke-pavilion-makes-use-of-lightweight-super-strong-glass-and-carbon-fiber-materials The ICD/ITKE Pavilion makes use of lightweight, super strong glass and carbon-fiber materials Nicholas Korody 2017-04-18T13:19:00-04:00 >2017-04-20T14:07:09-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4wj0uqmmrnij9im.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4wj0uqmmrnij9im.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4wj0uqmmrnij9im.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x4/x4wj0uqmmrnij9im.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Glass and carbon fiber-reinforced composites have uniquely high tensile strength while remaining lightweight. As a result, they open up a wealth of new building opportunities. The ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion is meant to demonstrate and explore these potentials using long-range machines with limited payloads, like unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as precise industrial robots. Basically, the drones and robots work together (with some human guidance) to "weave" the formally-ambitious pavilion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jo/jo7w06nhakzb3ot1.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5t/5ttacx6mh9q1vwjq.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/dc/dc3b02leesa8pkns.jpg"></p><p>The Pavilion is a project of the University of Stuttgart. In the past, other pavilions have explored computational design as well as emerging engineer technologies.</p><p>Check out a video of the pavilion here:</p><p></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003350/autodraw-google-s-newest-a-i-experiment-guesses-what-you-re-trying-to-draw AutoDraw, Google's newest A.I. Experiment, guesses what you're trying to draw Alexander Walter 2017-04-17T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T18:44:26-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/uploads/y0/y062pmgtx1w7th3p.gif" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>You simply start drawing your best version of a pizza, or house, or&nbsp;dog, or birthday cake and the algorithms try to figure out what it is that you&rsquo;re trying to draw. It then tries to match your squiggles with drawings in its database, and if it finds any possible matches, it&rsquo;ll show them in a list at the top of your virtual canvas. If you like one of those options, you simply click on it and AutoDraw replaces your amateurish creation with something a bit slicker.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The new <a href="https://www.autodraw.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AutoDraw</a> tool is part of Google's <a href="https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A.I. Experiments</a>&nbsp;sandbox and pairs machine learning with artist drawings from a growing, crowd-sourced library. "AutoDraw&rsquo;s suggestion tool uses the same technology used in QuickDraw, to guess what you&rsquo;re trying to draw," states the tool's About page. "Right now, it can guess hundreds of drawings and we look forward to adding more over time."</p><p>While simplicity and intuitive accessibility are the striking features of this early version, AutoDraw&mdash;and a universe of variations&mdash;show a lot of potential for architectural sketching and prototyping.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993737/mit-startup-creates-camouflage-solar-panels MIT startup creates camouflage solar panels Alexander Walter 2017-02-24T14:17:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T19:56:06-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wt/wtooo7ftze3tzmkh.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Sistine creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments, with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems. Sistine&rsquo;s novel technology, SolarSkin, is a layer that can be imprinted with any image and embedded into a solar panel without interfering with the panel&rsquo;s efficacy. Homeowners can match their rooftop or a grassy lawn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The product caters to the growing "aesthetic solar" market which tries to attract homeowners that are considering going solar but fear the aesthetic impact of the traditional, bleak-looking dark solar panels on their home's appearance. Just last fall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149975987/say-goodbye-to-clunky-solar-panels-and-hello-to-tesla-s-sleek-new-glass-solar-roof-tiles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">revealed</a> a line of glass, photovoltaic cell-embedded roof tiles that mimic (currently) four common roof covering styles.</p><p>Here a few more examples of Sistine's SolarSkin technology that allows&mdash;so the company claims&mdash;the panels to either completely blend in with the existing roof or display any desired image, like business logos or advertisements.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xi/xiishtv1bckqwces.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2m/2m8meg82y815270x.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ty/tyyb8jo3p27ha47m.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;Sistine Solar's <a href="http://www.sistinesolar.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149991311/designing-together-in-the-cloud-how-architects-and-engineers-use-cloud-collaboration-to-increase-productivity Designing Together in the Cloud: How architects and engineers use cloud collaboration to increase productivity Sponsor 2017-02-13T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T20:17:00-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2r/2rhv89oojgyhryoe.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIM 360 Team</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Your latest building design project is moving forward quickly. But you discovered a small hitch yesterday: the MEP engineers referred to an old version of the structural model while modifying the duct work. Luckily, the team spotted and resolved the issue before it created serious problems or caused more than a couple hours of rework. Not a big deal, but it could have led to the kind of design error that 21% of architects consider to be a top cause of uncertainty and potential issues on projects. Working in the cloud delivers the power to prevent those kinds of errors.</p><p>According to the Construction Industry Council, cloud computing is on track to become the leading way firms store and share design models. That&rsquo;s because when design teams work in the cloud, they get anytime, anywhere access to the latest design information. They can also quickly review any up-to-date changes without even opening the latest version of the model in their Build...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149988758/how-is-bim-the-google-docs-for-building-shaking-up-architecture How is BIM, the "Google Docs for building", shaking up architecture? Nicholas Korody 2017-01-26T12:15:00-05:00 >2017-02-06T22:22:14-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/et/ethcqmaft79rdhtb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/et/ethcqmaft79rdhtb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/et/ethcqmaft79rdhtb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/et/ethcqmaft79rdhtb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Architecture is in the middle of its biggest transformation since the introduction of computers. Building information modelling (BIM) is a simple enough idea: a single digital model of a building that everyone - architect, client, suppliers, builders, environmental managers - can work on. A Google Docs for buildings. But its implications could change the built environment.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/149988150/a-robot-revolution-is-coming-to-the-developing-world A robot revolution is coming to the developing world Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T17:58:00-05:00 >2017-01-24T09:02:31-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/be9h8o4wdippugsg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/be9h8o4wdippugsg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/be9h8o4wdippugsg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/be/be9h8o4wdippugsg.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>There&rsquo;s a lot of talk these days about jobs&mdash;bringing them &ldquo;back&rdquo; and creating new ones. But, as Bloomberg <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/gadfly/articles/2017-01-09/the-robot-threat-donald-trump-isn-t-talking-abou" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reports</a>, high labor costs incentivize corporations to automate. What&rsquo;s more? Apparently robots are about to do what they did to US manufacturing in the developing world. According to the UN, two-thirds of jobs in developing countries may be on the cutting block.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It took 50 years for the world to install the first million industrial robots. The next million will take only eight, according to Macquarie,&rdquo; writes Chris Bryant and Elaine He. &ldquo;Importantly, much of the recent growth happened outside the U.S., in particular in China, which has an aging population and where wages have risen."</p><p>Factories aren't the only job sites that could soon be populated with more robots than people. Construction is obviously a field ripe for robotic disruption&mdash;but, so is design itself. Then again, if you use CAD software, you probably already knew that.</p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/149988057/for-some-uber-drivers-their-cars-double-as-beds For some Uber drivers, their cars double as beds Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T14:05:00-05:00 >2017-01-23T14:18:21-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/775uu4zevthtnl01.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/775uu4zevthtnl01.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/775uu4zevthtnl01.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/77/775uu4zevthtnl01.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The vast majority of Uber&rsquo;s full-time drivers return home to their beds at the end of a day&rsquo;s work. But all over the country, there are many who don&rsquo;t. These drivers live near, but not in, expensive cities where they can tap higher fares, ferrying wealthier, white-collar workers to their jobs and out to dinner&mdash;but where they can&rsquo;t make enough money to get by, even with longer hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>To maximize their time, drivers find supermarket parking lots, airports and hostels where they catch several hours of sleep after taking riders home from bars and before starting the morning commute.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, on why computers are superior to human designers Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-31T21:31:46-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Essentially people, all of us when we go to design something we often go out and do it and will make one or we&rsquo;ll have three designs and&hellip;then we run out of time or money or patience and we say good enough. The computer doesn&rsquo;t get bored in that same way. It doesn&rsquo;t run out of time so you can literally test millions of versions and get a much better answer.&nbsp; So really what we are doing is automating the building of these prototypes.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/149984365/7-eleven-becomes-first-retailer-to-employ-drone-delivery 7-Eleven becomes first retailer to employ drone delivery Nicholas Korody 2017-01-02T16:50:00-05:00 >2017-01-05T14:22:38-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/np/nph42p42u6xtyu76.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>7-Eleven, the world&rsquo;s largest convenience store chain, shared new numbers from its drone delivery experiment today. Seventy-seven customers in Reno, Nev., have now received items ordered from 7-Eleven delivered to their doorsteps via drone. All 77 flights were from one store to a dozen select customers who live within a mile of the shop. 7-Eleven has partnered with the drone maker Flirtey for its delivery pilot.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>It marks the first regular commercial drone delivery service to operate in the United States, flying ahead of other, potentially bigger drone delivery projects that haven&rsquo;t yet been able to take off in the U.S. &mdash; like Alphabet&rsquo;s Project Wing and Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Air, the latter of which only demonstrated its first delivery to a customer last week.</em></p><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983472/take-a-flight-through-herzog-de-meuron-s-elbphilharmonie-in-classical-or-metal-speed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a flight through Herzog &amp; de Meuron's Elbphilharmonie, in classical or metal speed</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149983097/watch-this-6-month-time-lapse-drone-video-of-the-apple-campus-2" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch this 6-month time lapse drone video of the Apple Campus 2</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149974063/uber-takes-to-the-skies-with-a-new-advertising-strategy-in-mexico-df" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber takes to the skies with a new advertising strategy in Mexico DF</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982542/architecture-education-in-the-even-more-automated-near-future Architecture education in the (even more) automated (near) future Nicholas Korody 2016-12-13T12:29:00-05:00 >2016-12-17T22:03:10-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/58/58496d558f88018bcf4f73ca5e2ae221?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/58/58496d558f88018bcf4f73ca5e2ae221?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/58/58496d558f88018bcf4f73ca5e2ae221?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/58/58496d558f88018bcf4f73ca5e2ae221?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>In a robot-&#8203;&#8203;proof edu&shy;ca&shy;tion, we have to focus on what humans do that robots cannot do: think cre&shy;atively, work with others, think about ethics. For instance, sup&shy;pose a sce&shy;nario where a self-&#8203;&#8203;driving car can either hit three people and hurt the pas&shy;sen&shy;gers, or save the pas&shy;sen&shy;gers but hit 10 people. What is it going to do? Who&rsquo;s going to pro&shy;gram that? Who&rsquo;s going to decide?&nbsp;You.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a Q&amp;A between Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun and George Thrush, founding director of the School of Architecture, the two educators touched on the implications of automation for architectural education, among other things. "Cre&shy;ative thinking and inno&shy;va&shy;tion, entre&shy;pre&shy;neur&shy;ship, crit&shy;ical thinking, thinking in a diver&shy;gent way, ethics&mdash;that&rsquo;s the purview of the human being," Aoun states.</p><p>More on automation:</p><ul><li><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;cad=rja&amp;uact=8&amp;ved=0ahUKEwj6qdCd2PHQAhVhslQKHWAuAjQQFggyMAQ&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Farchinect.com%2Ffeatures%2Farticle%2F149935222%2Farchitecture-after-capitalism-in-a-world-without-work&amp;usg=AFQjCNGtFL3-eVTWSXs4hrQPu2r0csx9tw&amp;sig2=ajgueO7f6qv8_bInaKelOQ" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture after capitalism, in a world without work</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981970/plp-architecture-conceives-of-automated-underground-cartube-for-london" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PLP Architecture conceives of automated, underground "CarTube" for London</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149981633/amazon-s-newest-venture-promises-to-shake-up-retail-design-and-eliminate-the-need-for-cashiers-altogether" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amazon's newest venture promises to shake up retail design&mdash;and eliminate the need for cashiers altogether</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149973224/driverless-cars-hit-the-streets-of-milton-keynes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless cars hit the streets of Milton Keynes</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982124/whatever-happened-to-china-s-futuristic-traffic-elevated-bus Whatever happened to China's futuristic Traffic Elevated Bus? Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T17:44:52-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>China's once-celebrated Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been left abandoned in the middle of a Hebei city road, not having moved once in over two months. Originally touted as the futuristic solution to urban traffic jams, the "straddling bus" is currently causing them. A local reporter recently checked up on "the future of public transportation" at its testing site in Qinhuangdao, only to find it forgotten in a rusted garage, covered in dust.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yz/yz6vllssbwzv23nu.jpg"></p><p><em>"To test its invention, the company actually leased part of a city road in Qinhuangdao. Since the bus now remains exactly where it was abandoned , it continues to block three lanes of traffic, annoying residents to no end."</em></p><p>The 'road-straddling bus' previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980004/check-out-this-stunning-108-feet-long-video-wall-by-obscura-digital Check out this stunning 108 feet long video wall by Obscura Digital Nicholas Korody 2016-11-23T12:55:00-05:00 >2017-04-05T17:00:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zt/zt9zpirpvo3buuhj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zt/zt9zpirpvo3buuhj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zt/zt9zpirpvo3buuhj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zt/zt9zpirpvo3buuhj.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The San Francisco-based company Salesforce enlisted the creative studio Obscura Digital to craft a stunning LED video wall for the lobby of their flagship office. Stretching 108 feet long and containing over 7 million pixels, the video wall features incredibly sharp, HD video content that transforms the space. It&rsquo;s the longest continuous 4mm LED screen in the United States.</p><p>&ldquo;From capturing California&rsquo;s Redwood National Forest in stunning 12K resolution, to a designing a convincing CG waterwall and more &ndash; we held nothing back in striving to impart a sense of wonder to everyone that enters the building," state Obscura Digita.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gu/gusquzpcwzl0ttbw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/uv/uv01voq041jqt45j.jpg"></p><p>Watch a video of the wall in action here:</p><p></p><p>More infusions of the digital into architecture:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149975649/michael-rotondi-s-gamerlab-wants-to-revolutionize-architecture-education-through-gaming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Rotondi's GamerLab&trade; Wants to Revolutionize Architecture Education Through Gaming</a></li><li><a href="http://Architects:%20If%20You%20Don't%20Start%20Disrupting%20Urbanism,%20Silicon%20Valley%20Will%20Do%20It%20for%20You." rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects: If You Don't Start Disrupting Urbanism, Silicon Valley Will Do It for You.</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/146286029/this-augmented-reality-helmet-could-revolutionize-the-construction-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This augmented reality helmet could revolutionize the construction site</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/114130154/art-architecture-refik-anadol-at-walt-disney-concert-hall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art + Architecture: Refik Anadol ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149977564/is-your-architectural-firm-a-practice-or-business Is Your Architectural Firm a Practice or Business? Sponsor 2016-11-14T09:00:00-05:00 >2016-11-17T18:34:30-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ih/ihj3dxa52pzp2xp4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ih/ihj3dxa52pzp2xp4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ih/ihj3dxa52pzp2xp4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ih/ihj3dxa52pzp2xp4.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectSponsoredEd-Nov16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/ue/ue98beec2403e52h.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.bqe.com/archioffice-project-management/?src=ArchinectSponsoredEd-Nov16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>In my experience, most firm owners don&rsquo;t appreciate the significance of being at the helm of a business. At the risk of sounding clich&eacute;, they run a &ldquo;practice&rdquo; and they operate it as if they&rsquo;re just&hellip; well&hellip; practicing. This problem is evident in each firm&rsquo;s mission statement. Of the many I&rsquo;ve read, only a handful acknowledge the firm&rsquo;s ultimate goal is to sustain itself and be a profitable, successful business. <strong>This is a primary reason why architects are notoriously under-compensated.</strong></p><p>Mostly, firms use the mission statement as an opportunity to echo what every architecture school pounded into our brains: something touching upon the noble pursuit of our profession, improving the built environment, serving our clients and helping the planet. Neither our employees nor our clients can differentiate one firm from another. Imagine showing up at a conference and everyone is handed a name tag that reads &ldquo;Joe.&rdquo; Not much sense in that. Why bother w...</p>