Archinect - News 2017-09-23T17:59:54-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150026760/how-the-speed-of-elevators-impacts-our-urban-environment How the Speed of Elevators Impacts our Urban Environment Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-09-07T14:46:00-04:00 >2017-09-07T17:23:44-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/qa/qabs19fsrqowkpxw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The first commercial passenger elevator was installed by Otis Elevator Company in 1857 and climbed at a glacial pace of 40 feet a minute, though it felt staggering at the time. Since then, we have come a long way both in terms of elevator speeds and in terms of the heights these elevators are needed to traverse in order to meet the needs of super-tall structures around the world. Today, an Otis elevator in Dubai soars at a speed of 22 mph, which is still less than half the speed of those topping&nbsp;new rankings for the fastest elevators in the world.<br></p> <p>Looking into the ways these improvements in elevator speeds have effected our urban environment,&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/14613/ctbuh" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat</a>&nbsp;has released new research&nbsp;in a study titled&nbsp;<em>Vertical Transport: Ascent &amp; Acceleration. </em>The study&nbsp;defines the fastest and longest elevator runs and shows a strong correlation between the increase in elevator speeds and the increase in skyscraper heights. As elevator technology advances and allows b...</p> 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/150024684/geographer-federico-caprotti-on-the-new-urban-citizen-in-data-driven-urban-planning Geographer Federico Caprotti on the “new urban citizen” in data-driven urban planning Justine Testado 2017-08-25T20:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-26T21:16:03-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/8t/8t7nwpephijiokfp.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>What if new technology further exacerbates urban inequality, especially among those on the wrong side of the digital divide? [Geographer Federico Caprotti of the University of Exeter] sees the world heading toward a notion of a &ldquo;new urban citizen&rdquo;, one that continually provides data, which may leave out those who are unable or unwilling to contribute.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Citiscope interviews geographer and smart-city researcher Federico Caprotti, who co-wrote an academic paper in response to the U.N.'s approval of the New Urban Agenda last year. Caprotti shares his thoughts on the rise of the &ldquo;new urban citizen&rdquo;, as well as the hidden inequalities that data-driven urban planning and management could potentially worsen.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150017942/data-collecting-benches-are-making-their-way-into-cities Data-collecting benches are making their way into cities Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-17T16:47:00-04:00 >2017-07-17T16:47:54-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbozz6pbylczbz3j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbozz6pbylczbz3j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbozz6pbylczbz3j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sb/sbozz6pbylczbz3j.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A pair of USB ports on a console on the front of the bench provides juice from the solar panel mounted at lap level between the seats. Who wouldn&rsquo;t want to hang out at a bench like this? It certainly catches the eye of passersby. What these kids might not realize, however, is that this bench is watching them back.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Smart" benches are spreading&mdash;recently a series of them, manufactured by Soofa, was installed in a tiny neighborhood park next to I-77 on the north end of Charlotte, North Carolina with the intent of the neighborhood's analysis and redevelopment.&nbsp;</p> <p>Soofa, founded in 2014 by three graduates of MIT Media Lab, is one of a handful of companies designing data-collecting street furniture. Their solar-powered benches register Wi-Fi enabled devices within 150 feet of them, sending data back to an office building in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. While the sensors can't access personal information from your phone, they pick up and remember your devices' MAC address. The technology allows cities and urban planners to count users of various public spaces, identifying when and for how long they're visited, and potentially optimizing their design.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The line between collecting data for a valid public purpose and the unreasonable surveillance of private citizens can be tough to tease out. Beyond c...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997935/the-issue-with-the-median-as-indicator-of-housing-affordability The issue with the median as indicator of housing affordability Alexander Walter 2017-03-17T13:39:00-04:00 >2017-03-17T13:41:51-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/pq/pqt33y78hg0l47f8.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The standard yardstick for judging housing affordability is to look at the median level of rents or home prices. As we all remember from statistics, the median is the observation in the middle of the distribution. And while for many purposes, it&rsquo;s a reliable indicator of typical prices, in some neighborhoods, particularly those with a mix of expensive and cheap housing, the median is actually a weak indicator of affordability.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"For an illustration of this problem, imagine two neighborhoods. In both places, the median home costs $300,000. But in the first neighborhood,&nbsp;every&nbsp;home costs exactly $300,000, while in the second, there are a range of homes from $100,000 to $500,000. Although both neighborhoods have the same median home price, the second neighborhood has some homes affordable to low-income people, while the first neighborhood does not. So&nbsp;rather than the median, or 50th percentile, home price, we really care about something like the 25th percentile: the home for which 75 percent of homes are more expensive."</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149966146/how-much-is-easy-access-to-a-subway-worth How much is easy access to a subway worth? Nicholas Korody 2016-08-31T13:40:00-04:00 >2016-09-04T23:26:37-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gnv2jc0xex57tw1q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gnv2jc0xex57tw1q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gnv2jc0xex57tw1q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gn/gnv2jc0xex57tw1q.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>How much would you be willing to pay to shave a minute off your commute? For New Yorkers, the answer appears to be around $56 per month. That&rsquo;s how much more New Yorkers pay in rent, on average, for a one-bedroom apartment that&rsquo;s a minute closer by subway to Manhattan&rsquo;s main business districts. That finding...puts an approximate value on the old real estate adage about the importance of location, location, location.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More data collectin' and crunchin':</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965741/chicago-installs-urban-fitbits-to-track-air-quality-noise-levels-and-traffic" target="_blank">Chicago installs "urban Fitbits" to track air quality, noise levels, and traffic</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149965062/investigations-into-the-threat-of-air-pollution-have-failed-to-account-for-people-s-movement" target="_blank">Investigations into the threat of air pollution have failed to account for people's movement</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964809/tracing-the-physical-infrastructure-supporting-the-internet" target="_blank">Tracing the physical infrastructure supporting the internet</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149950867/this-atlas-shows-how-much-light-pollution-has-infiltrated-night-skies-worldwide This atlas shows how much light pollution has infiltrated night skies worldwide Justine Testado 2016-06-10T21:08:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T21:07:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfpj7kgt44jrv0qm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfpj7kgt44jrv0qm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfpj7kgt44jrv0qm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/xf/xfpj7kgt44jrv0qm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Where should you travel if you want killer views of the stars unblemished by artificial light?Certainly not the U.S. or Europe, where nearly 100 percent of the population endures some form of light pollution...Italy&rsquo;s [ISTIL], NOAA, the National Park Service, and elsewhere built one of the most comprehensive atlases of global light pollution to date. They hope their work will set a benchmark for future generations struggling with day blending into night.</p></em><br /><br /><p>You can find the atlas of artifical sky brightness <a href="http://cires.colorado.edu/artificial-sky" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944693/new-glow-in-the-dark-cement-could-illuminate-roads-structures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New glow-in-the-dark cement could illuminate roads &amp; structures</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122818954/designing-for-the-night" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for the Night</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/84998562/drawing-space-by-emma-mcnally-to-show-at-abstract-drawing-exhibition-in-london-s-drawing-room" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"drawing/space" by Emma McNally to show at &ldquo;Abstract Drawing&rdquo; exhibition in London&rsquo;s Drawing Room</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149950566/copenhagen-is-the-first-city-to-try-to-monetize-its-data Copenhagen is the first city to try to monetize its data Nicholas Korody 2016-06-09T13:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-16T20:05:40-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ky/kyi33x2j21h2r2fw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ky/kyi33x2j21h2r2fw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ky/kyi33x2j21h2r2fw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ky/kyi33x2j21h2r2fw.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Copenhagen has become the first city in the world to attempt to monetize its, and others&rsquo;, data through a city data market. Traffic snarl-ups, home break-ins, whether it rained or snowed, and how much electricity the city dwellers use each day is among the data to be traded for cash, city officials announced. Interestingly, the city, which is partnering with Hitachi on the project, also wants to incorporate others&rsquo; data.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Not all data will have a price tag&mdash;some of it will be free, but it will be anonymized anyway."</em></p><p>Relatedly, in a recent <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">conversation</a> with Joseph Grima, co-founder of Space Caviar, the architect suggested, "...the home is becoming a factory of data to the point that one could pay one's rent through the process of producing data simply through a set of domestic activities."</p><p>For other relevant content, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945857/copenhagen-divests-from-fossil-fuels" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen divests from fossil fuels</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142529092/losing-yourself-in-the-smart-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Losing yourself in the smart city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;In the end, they will destroy democracy' &ndash; The Guardian on smart cities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/358145/big-data" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Creating a universal language for city data</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special thematic focus, <strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/753896/june-privacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Privacy</a></strong>. Have projects that grapple with how city data and other new modes of urbanism have changed our notion of privacy? Submit to our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947974/open-call-for-submissions-privacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">open call</a>&nbsp;by Sunday, June 19.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149950267/university-of-calgary-pays-16k-to-recover-data-held-hostage-by-ransomware-attackers University of Calgary pays $16K to recover data held hostage by ransomware attackers Nicholas Korody 2016-06-08T13:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T13:05:06-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/99/99wbtxycd0bk16vd.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/99/99wbtxycd0bk16vd.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/99/99wbtxycd0bk16vd.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/99/99wbtxycd0bk16vd.JPG?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Canada's University of Calgary paid almost $16,000 ($20,000 Canadian, ~&pound;10,800) to recover crucial data that has been held hostage for more than a week by crypto ransomware attackers. The ransom was disclosed on Wednesday morning in a statement issued by University of Calgary officials. It said university IT personnel had made progress in isolating the unnamed ransomware infection and restoring affected parts of the university network.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"It went on to warn that there's no guarantee paying the controversial ransom will lead to the lost data being recovered."</em></p><p>Attacks with ransomware have become increasingly frequent. As the name suggests, ransomware allows hackers to take computers hostage until the user pays up. The increasing prevalence of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has facilitated the rise in such attacks.</p><p>As the University of Calgary's Vice President stated, ""We are conducting world class research daily and we don&rsquo;t know what we don&rsquo;t know in terms of who&rsquo;s been impacted and the last thing we want to do is lose someone&rsquo;s life&rsquo;s work."</p><p>For more on that state of privacy in our digital era, check out these links:</p><ul><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149948918/if-houses-had-airplane-modes-an-interview-with-joseph-grima-of-space-caviar" target="_blank">If houses had airplane modes: an interview with Joseph Grima of Space Caviar</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149949640/casing-the-joint-geoff-manaugh-discusses-his-latest-book-a-burglar-s-guide-to-the-city-on-one-to-one-26" target="_blank">Casing the joint: Geoff Manaugh discusses his latest book, "A Burglar's Guide to the City" on One-to-One #26</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946045/goodbye-to-public-anonymity-this-new-russian-face-recognition-app-may-spell-its-end" target="_blank">Goodbye to public anonymity? This new Russian face-recognition app may spell its end</a></p></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942421/welcome-to-the-hudson-yards-c-2019-the-world-s-most-ambitious-smart-city-experiment" target="_blank">Welcome to the Hudson Yards, c. 201...</a></p></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149945853/what-these-pre-rent-control-stats-might-reveal-about-sf-s-soaring-housing-costs What these “pre-rent control” stats might reveal about SF's soaring housing costs Justine Testado 2016-05-17T18:48:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:44:38-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v9/v9lbs0nzn7g1mw47.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>OK, so this would mean the way to make San Francisco as affordable as (say) Portland would be to either cut everybody&rsquo;s salary in half, or fire half of them, or allow the city&rsquo;s population to rapidly grow about 50 percent, to about 1.2 million, while the number of housing units increased even faster.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In discussing San Francisco's rising housing costs over the years, journalist Michael Andersen re-emphasizes some points in&nbsp;<a href="https://experimental-geography.blogspot.com/2016/05/employment-construction-and-cost-of-san.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this recent blogpost</a>&nbsp;by a man named Eric Fischer, who took his own approach in analyzing the city's housing prices before 1979, when SF's rent-control rates began being recorded. While Fischer's method may not be perfect, Andersen argues that the findings could shed new light on San Francisco's housing market.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149945541/bay-area-media-ban-together-for-homelessness-advocacy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bay Area media ban together for homelessness advocacy</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942330/don-t-blame-the-tech-bros-sf-s-housing-crisis-is-bonkers-because-of-zoning-not-startups" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't blame the tech bros: SF's housing crisis is bonkers because of zoning, not startups</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937655/box-sweet-box-sf-man-lives-in-wooden-pod-in-friends-apartment-for-400-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Box sweet box: SF man lives in wooden "pod" in friends' apartment for $400/month</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149889647/clickbait-is-making-affordable-housing-even-more-of-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clickbait is making affordable housing even more of an uphill battle</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149936522/2015-u-s-population-report-shows-return-to-pre-2000-patterns 2015 U.S. population report shows return to pre-2000 patterns Alexander Walter 2016-03-25T14:19:00-04:00 >2016-03-25T14:20:00-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znxcco5kq35i7bs8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znxcco5kq35i7bs8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znxcco5kq35i7bs8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zn/znxcco5kq35i7bs8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Today the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2015 population estimates for counties and metropolitan areas. After volatile swings in growth patterns during last decade&rsquo;s housing bubble and bust, long-term trends are reasserting themselves. Population is growing faster in the South and West than in the Northeast and Midwest, and faster in suburban areas than in urban counties; both of these trends accelerated in 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143988201/see-2-000-years-of-urban-growth-around-the-world-with-this-interactive-map" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See 2,000 Years of Urban Growth Around the World With This Interactive Map</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124354330/the-world-s-population-can-fit-inside-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The World&rsquo;s Population Can Fit Inside New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/42814753/census-la-is-the-nation-s-densest-urban-area-while-new-york-ranks-5th" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census: LA is the nation's densest urban area, while New York ranks 5th</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/144056375/the-camera-of-the-future-may-be-lensless The camera of the future may be lensless Nicholas Korody 2015-12-23T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T22:36:40-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9j/9j2xy67hf19blg7z.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9j/9j2xy67hf19blg7z.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9j/9j2xy67hf19blg7z.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/9j/9j2xy67hf19blg7z.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The optics of the camera obscura ha&shy;ve faithfully served photographers for ages. The recipe has been simple: a lens, aperture, dark box and something to record the light. But the camera as we know it is changing. A revolution in digital imaging research could surpass the camera obscura in almost every technical way... It&rsquo;s called computational photography, and it stems from the idea that if you can capture visual data instead of a true image, then the picture can be reconstructed with software.</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architecture in the age of photoshop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/142823587/architecture-in-the-age-of-photoshop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture in the age of photoshop</a></li><li><a title="Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/138492312/wim-wenders-discusses-the-role-of-architecture-and-landscape-in-his-films" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wim Wenders discusses the role of architecture and landscape in his films</a></li><li><a title="Between Two and Three Dimensions: Panelists Discuss the Relationship Between Architecture and Photographic Representation at the LA Photo Fair 2014 " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118813755/between-two-and-three-dimensions-panelists-discuss-the-relationship-between-architecture-and-photographic-representation-at-the-la-photo-fair-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Between Two and Three Dimensions: Panelists Discuss the Relationship Between Architecture and Photographic Representation at the LA Photo Fair 2014</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/143599085/aia-creates-new-commission-to-further-investigate-equity-in-architecture AIA creates new Commission to further investigate equity in architecture Justine Testado 2015-12-17T17:45:00-05:00 >2015-12-28T01:35:31-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oj/oji6hsf3oozu967e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oj/oji6hsf3oozu967e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oj/oji6hsf3oozu967e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oj/oji6hsf3oozu967e.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Six months after the AIA voted in favor of the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128795286/aia-moves-one-step-forward-in-approval-of-equity-in-architecture-resolution" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Equity in Architecture resolution</a>, it looks like the organization is turning their words into actions. Most recently, they announced the establishment of the&nbsp;Equity in Architecture Commission, a 20-member panel of leading architects, educators, and specialized experts (whose names haven't been released) who will be in charge of investigating diversity and inclusion in the architecture profession, which &mdash; like in many other areas in American society &mdash; has long been dominated by people who identify as <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130797484/surprise-architecture-is-still-among-the-whitest-professions-in-america" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121610936/being-an-architect-is-sexy-according-to-modern-society" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">male</a>.</p><p>The Commission's objectives include:</p><ul><li>"Develop specific recommendations that will lead to equitable practices"</li><li>"Create measurable goals and develop mechanisms for assessing ongoing progress"</li><li>"Present a plan of action based on the Commission&rsquo;s recommendations"</li></ul><p>"Diversity and inclusion is a priority of the AIA. We have made progress, but not fast enough. The world around us is changing much faster and we can do better,' stated Elizab...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/134719585/think-you-live-in-a-nice-county-find-out-where-it-stands-on-the-nationwide-natural-amenities-index Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index. Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T12:01:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:36:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z2/z2mpubultoeifmnk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z2/z2mpubultoeifmnk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z2/z2mpubultoeifmnk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/z2/z2mpubultoeifmnk.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Ventura County, Calif., is the absolute most desirable place to live in America. I know this because in the late 1990s the federal government devised a measure of the best and worst places to live in America, from the standpoint of scenery and climate. The "natural amenities index" is intended as "a measure of the physical characteristics of a county area that enhance the location as a place to live."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wanna find out how well or how poorly your home county scored? Head over to the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/17/every-county-in-america-ranked-by-natural-beauty/" target="_blank"><em>Washington Post</em> article</a> and hover your mouse over the interactive map. (Residents of the Great Lakes Region - prepare yourselves for disappointment.)</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/134027043/admire-the-diversity-of-african-vernacular-architecture-in-this-growing-online-database Admire the diversity of African vernacular architecture in this growing online database Justine Testado 2015-08-11T12:48:00-04:00 >2015-08-12T22:42:22-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/sf/sf70r9wh8vtzsb33.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[Jon] Sojkowski worries that these building types, made with materials that are abundant in Africa and sustainable, will soon be lost to history because of a misconception that they are inefficient, outdated and only used by the poor. At one point during his research, he met a man who told him he wanted a Western-style metal roof. 'I asked him why, and he said, &lsquo;Because then I would be somebody,' Sojkowski recalls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since architect Jon Sojkowski launched his <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">African vernacular architecture database</a> last year, he has amassed a broad range of photos showcasing the traditional building techniques and materials from 48 countries. <a href="http://www.africavernaculararchitecture.com/contact-submit/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photo submissions</a> are also welcome.</p><p>You can also check out video clips from Sojkowski's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/africanarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">YouTube channel</a>.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121971507/a-look-at-africa-s-modernist-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Look at Africa's Modernist Architecture</a></p><p><a title="Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/118430634/toshiko-mori-designs-pro-bono-a-new-artists-residency-in-senegal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toshiko Mori designs pro-bono a new artists' residency in Senegal</a></p><p><a title='Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104423180/architecture-for-humanity-designed-football-for-hope-centers-give-african-youth-a-solid-start" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture for Humanity-designed "Football for Hope" Centers give African youth a solid start</a></p><p><a title="Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/98959683/apartheid-ended-20-years-ago-so-why-is-cape-town-still-a-paradise-for-the-few" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apartheid ended 20 years ago, so why is Cape Town still 'a paradise for the few'?</a></p><p><a title="Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105016006/cape-town-to-house-new-contemporary-art-museum" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cape Town to House New Contemporary Art Museum </a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/129100220/waze-and-its-new-uneasy-bedfellows Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/6z/6zm3w3t6m3avjs8g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</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/127290187/ncarb-gives-preview-of-data-report-to-be-released-in-july-says-profession-is-healthy-and-growing NCARB gives preview of data report to be released in July, says profession is "healthy and growing" Justine Testado 2015-05-14T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-16T09:37:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5m6c3bwnkgl373g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5m6c3bwnkgl373g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5m6c3bwnkgl373g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/o5/o5m6c3bwnkgl373g.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>A record-high number of candidates actively working toward an architect license provides more evidence of a thriving talent pool for the architect profession, according to new 2014 data released today by [NCARB]. More than 37,000 aspiring architects were testing and/or reporting experience hours last year, a substantial part of the path to architectural licensure required by the 54 U.S. state and jurisdiction licensing boards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NCARB CEO Michael Armstrong gave a first glimpse of key findings in the "NCARB by the Numbers" report today at the AIA Convention in Atlanta. Read the full press release <a href="http://www.ncarb.org/en/News-and-Events/News/2015/May-NBTNPreview.aspx" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a title='NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126787225/ncarb-will-resolve-intern-architect-title-debate-at-aia-national-convention" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB will resolve "Intern Architect" title debate at AIA National Convention</a></li><li><a title="NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/121117990/ncarb-launches-are-4-0-community" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB Launches ARE 4.0 Community</a></li><li><a title="Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/116357898/inching-closer-to-licensure-at-graduation-as-schools-show-ncarb-they-re-interested" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inching closer to licensure at graduation, as schools show NCARB they're interested</a></li><li><a title="NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115137911/ncarb-announces-reciprocity-program-across-the-us-canada-and-mexico" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NCARB announces reciprocity program across the US, Canada and Mexico</a></li><li><a title="Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S." href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114207237/latest-ncarb-survey-indicates-architecture-is-a-growing-profession-in-the-u-s" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Latest NCARB survey indicates architecture is a growing profession in the U.S.</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/127129057/open-data-s-potential-challenges-to-boost-tenants-rights-activism Open data's potential & challenges to boost tenants’ rights activism Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T17:54:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T20:31:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f1/f14b873b04ba35807fc222814cc5ea50?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Open data, and the interactive mapping and data visualization that can come of it, has become a de facto engagement and storytelling tool among contemporary journalists, social justice activists, and civic-minded technologists. But despite its allure, open data&rsquo;s potential for fostering civic engagement and creating transparency and dialogue is plagued by issues of usability, access, and quality control.</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/125978727/architects-tell-all-in-a-global-survey-about-the-future-of-design-competitions Architects tell all in a global survey about the future of design competitions Justine Testado 2015-04-23T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:34:25-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ln/lngatfco6k6tf46h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ln/lngatfco6k6tf46h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ln/lngatfco6k6tf46h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ln/lngatfco6k6tf46h.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Architectural design competitions have long been a crucial element in the field -- from the student level to starchitect status -- that can provide an international platform for drawing attention to pressing issues and new ideas in the world around us. Nonetheless, the typical structure of the competition is also in great need of its very own discussion. The <em>Architectural Record </em>and the Van Alen Institute conducted a global Competition Survey that asked architects and designers worldwide about what drives them to participate in competitions, what they like and dislike about the process, and suggestions for how to improve and rethink its format for the future.</p><p>Respondents fervently shared their input and personal experiences in the survey, which amassed a total of 1,414 responses from 65 countries. The Architectural Record and Van Alen published the results in three documents:</p><ol><li>A compilation of <a href="https://vanalen.org/content/uploads/2015/04/15.03.03_Comp-Survey_Report-on-Frequencies.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">raw data</a> from the online survey platform</li><li><a href="https://vanalen.org/projects/architectural-record-van-alen-institute-competition-survey/#propositions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ten Propositions</a> that highlight the main factors that...</li></ol> https://archinect.com/news/article/125760915/find-your-ideal-neighborhood-with-this-new-livability-index-online-tool Find your ideal neighborhood with this new 'Livability Index' online tool Alexander Walter 2015-04-21T08:30:00-04:00 >2015-04-28T21:02:52-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/42/425841707b45964c73896bc9072b86db?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Every year, surveys and lists are published that purport to know the &ldquo;best places to live in America,&rdquo; but AARP&rsquo;s new livability index is based on exhaustive research and data, providing scores for all of the 200,000-plus Census block groups in the country. Each neighborhood has scores that take into account seven categories: transportation, environment, health, civic and social engagement, and educational and employment opportunities.</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/125279560/new-york-city-s-tree-species-mapped New York City's tree species mapped Alexander Walter 2015-04-14T13:21:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T20:44:35-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/a2/a2b4ba58c54a2eec3df21b271d4dcf8c?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Though New York can sometimes seem like a drab warren of chain-link fence and oily pavement, the city actually has an impressive number of trees. On the streets alone [...] there were 592,130 at last reckoning, a leafy explosion you can now peruse in this great visualization of tree species. Jill Hubley, a Brooklyn web developer whose last project involved mapping local chemical spills, made the chlorophyllous cartography with data from the 2005-2006 Street Tree Census.</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/118200781/2014-was-the-tallest-year-by-far-for-skyscrapers-ctbuh-finds 2014 was the tallest year by far for skyscrapers, CTBUH finds Justine Testado 2015-01-12T17:04:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:45:43-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fp/fpiishj78ih2ea5v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fp/fpiishj78ih2ea5v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fp/fpiishj78ih2ea5v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/fp/fpiishj78ih2ea5v.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>2014 was the year of the tall building. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) published its <em>2014 Tall Building Data Research Report</em>, a statistic-laden round-up that could make your head spin and wonder how much taller a skyscraper can possibly get. Last year, a total of 97 buildings with a height of 200 meters or greater were completed, making it the highest number that the CTBUH has ever recorded.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6lac66zdfnuao0b.jpg"></p><p>Not surprisingly, the report states that 74 of the 97 tall buildings are located in Asia, with China completing the most buildings for the seventh year in a row with 58. The Philippines took second place with five completions, followed by the United Arab Emirates and Qatar with four completions each. Indonesia, Canada, the United States, and Japan shared fourth place for three completions each.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bs/bsoyv96rdjffv4ck.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kk/kk30lcxvx5fssded.jpg"></p><p>To slap on some more statistical highlights, 2014 also saw the completion of 11 Supertall buildings (300 meters height or more), which now accounts for 54% of the world's currently...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/117808241/america-s-most-expensive-rental-markets-in-2014 America's most expensive rental markets in 2014 Alexander Walter 2015-01-07T13:21:00-05:00 >2015-01-08T14:34:54-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9e3b520b3f1c57e32d823ea26fcb24?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Rents continue to outpace incomes. In fact, Zillow just&nbsp;released data showing U.S. renters spent a combined $441 billion on housing&nbsp;in 2014. Perhaps surprisingly, the New York-Northern New Jersey metro didn&rsquo;t top the list. San Jose was the highest, with renters paying on average&nbsp;$1,807 per month. Meanwhile, the 20th most expensive metro&nbsp;for renters was&nbsp;Minneapolis-St. Paul, where the average monthly payment in 2014 was&nbsp;$927.</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/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' – The Guardian on smart cities Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T13:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-05T19:26:51-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ad/adc7fbdfe66cb09c1edb6ada0b9f2c4d?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: &lsquo;the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people&rsquo;. So why did that happen &ndash; and what&rsquo;s coming in its place?</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/116194161/urban-design-at-the-intersection-of-development-science-and-super-computing Urban Design at the intersection of Development, Science and Super-Computing Alexander Walter 2014-12-17T14:27:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:17:36-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/70/708c4ea101ebeb9172bb436a10ac6a40?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>[...] Argonne scientists are taking on a challenge not usually associated with sophisticated computing: urban design. They say that for such large-scale developments, expert opinions, or even standard modeling, will no longer do. Instead, we need detailed simulations that will integrate immense amounts of data into one framework and project different scenarios for the designers to consider. Their initial prototype, called LakeSim, focuses on Chicago Lakeside.</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/115655555/the-anatomy-of-emergency The Anatomy of Emergency Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T14:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T18:10:04-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/f8/f8e2e3b29c8e3dbdf8d3e3c587111961?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Of all the roles of government, emergency response may be the least controversial. When disaster hits, we expect our fire, police, and other public services to provide immediate relief. But as James McConnell, Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), reminds us, tactical effectiveness in a crisis requires more than boots on the ground, ready at a moment&rsquo;s notice.</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/112028878/actionable-cartographies Actionable Cartographies Alexander Walter 2014-10-24T13:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:12:30-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ac/acd86f32e79b711f3d0dc67750a31201?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Matt Knutzen performs a different kind of public service than Bruce Barrett of the School Construction Authority or Jeffrey Roth of the Fire Department of New York, two recent installments in our Profiles in Public Service series. He works at the New York Public Library, overseeing NYPL&rsquo;s incomparable collection of maps, and looking for ways to turn items from the library&rsquo;s vast catalogue into &ldquo;actionable spatial data.&rdquo;</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/111972700/how-has-the-world-changed-since-you-were-born How has the world changed since you were born? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-23T20:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T19:51:16-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/wf/wfr3jnt1fcpoov9a.png?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have travelled through space. Investigate how the world around you has changed since you've been alive; from the amount the sea has risen, and the tectonic plates have moved, to the number of earthquakes and volcanoes that have erupted. Grasp the impact we've had on the planet in your lifetime...</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/104720996/mapping-the-city-statistic-by-statistic Mapping the city, statistic by statistic Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T17:19:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:44:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/r2/r2d81ebjgjvrsdvy.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The map, one of the central elements of navigation, has expanded in capability since the form has been translated to digital. Case in point, the MIT Media Lab&rsquo;s &ldquo;You Are Here&rdquo; project is a collection of maps that visualize a variety of datasets over space. Things from bike accidents to coffee shops, graffiti reports, and transit connectivity are all laid out, using a variety of open data and other online resources, such as Google&rsquo;s map directions services API.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Direct link to <a href="http://youarehere.cc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Are Here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/101167408/creating-a-universal-language-for-city-data Creating a universal language for city data Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-05T15:28:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T20:22:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/cd/cddb56585e8b8e3396f9447f8f6b7bdc?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>City policymakers will have objective standards to compare their services and performance with other cities around the world. And just as significant, the people of cities &mdash; civic, business organizations, ordinary citizens &mdash; will be able to access the same new global standards.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This is a big, global deal. The <a href="http://www.iso.org/iso/home.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Organization for Standardization</a>, based in Geneva, has issued a list of standards dictating the precise kind of data cities should be collecting, to gauge performance and character. Previously, comparisons between supposedly identical data points in different cities was not guaranteed to be "apples to apples". For example, one city's definition of "unemployment" being more restrictive than another's, making rankings faulty and discrediting performance grades.</p><p>View the <a href="http://citiscope.org/story/2014/here-are-46-performance-measures-worlds-cities-will-be-judged" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">46 indicators for cities to report on</a>, that will place them in line with the new ISO standards.</p><p>Regarding comparisons between cities, rigorously investigating the exact definition of any data sounds like an obvious consideration, but with the earnest and speedy surge in city's data collection, "more" seems to have been the optimal word, and not "stricter". In 2008, when the <a href="http://www.cityindicators.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Cities Indicators Facility at the University of Toronto</a> compared ranking metrics for seven world...</p>