Archinect - News 2017-08-20T09:54:07-04:00 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 src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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> Will luxury apartment owners shut down the Tate's viewing platform? Julia Ingalls 2017-04-25T13:55:00-04:00 >2017-04-25T13:57:33-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good walls make good neighbours &ndash; but not, it seems, when they are made entirely of glass. Five residents of the multi-million-pound Neo Bankside towers, which loom behind Tate Modern like a crystalline bar chart of inflated land values, have filed a legal claim against the museum to have part of its viewing platform shut down. They claim that its 10th-floor public terrace has put their homes into a state of &ldquo;near constant surveillance&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In an apparent case of art interfering with life, the owners of the apartments next to the Tate Modern's viewing platform are trying to legally erect some kind of visual barrier between them and the visitors of the museum (although the exotic technology of curtains has apparently not yet made it to the U.K.). This attempt at transforming the viewing platform into just a platform is raising ire for several good reasons, chiefly because it places the comfort of a few above the aesthetic pleasure of potentially millions. On the plus side, it has also caused Oliver Wainwright to write a highly enjoyable piece delving into barely restrained class tension and London's swollen luxury real estate market.&nbsp;</p> Internet providers can now profit from your privacy, thanks to the House Republicans Julia Ingalls 2017-03-28T18:57:00-04:00 >2017-03-29T10:01:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Not content to creepily stalk you with tailored ads on Facebook and Google, ISPs can now sell your internet browsing history to third-parties for cash, thanks to the corporately-backed husks that voted for the move in the U.S. House of Representatives. According to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Washington Post</a>:</p><p><em>Congress's joint resolution empowers Internet providers to enter the&nbsp;$83 billion market for online advertising now dominated by Google and Facebook.&nbsp;It is likely to lend momentum to a broader GOP rollback of Obama-era technology policies, and calls into question&nbsp;the fate of other tech regulations such as net neutrality, which was approved in 2015 over strident Republican objections and bans Internet providers from discriminating against websites. And it is a sign that&nbsp;companies such as AT&amp;T, Comcast and Verizon will be treated more permissively at a time&nbsp;when conservatives control all three branches of government.</em></p><p></p> Working in zero privacy: new monitoring technology tracks every motion and word Julia Ingalls 2017-02-28T17:35:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T20:28:38-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Although it's not shocking that companies like Gensler have automated on/off sensors in their lighting grid to save energy when no one's in the office, it's slightly less comforting to realize that many companies are now using sensors to monitor when employees are at their desks, if they're talking with their fellow co-workers, and how long they're in the bathroom. (Makes one harken for the days when workers were judged by what they actually produced, as opposed to their process of production.) As&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Marketplace</a>&nbsp;reports, one of the new privacy-free devices is called "Humanyze":&nbsp;</p><p><em>They&rsquo;re in a badge you wear around [your] neck, kind of like an ID badge. And they measure this thing called &ldquo;latency&rdquo; to see how often people are interacting with their co-workers. Which, to me, sounds like a little bit much. But they claim the data is anonymized, and they don&rsquo;t record exactly what you&rsquo;re saying, or at least they don&rsquo;t share that with your employer.... The Boston Consulting Group is using it to...</em></p> Private Session: whistleblowing architects and bank robbing bandits on Archinect Sessions #71 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-07T13:53:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T14:23:27-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Wrapping up our special editorial theme for June 2016,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Privacy</a>,&nbsp;Archinect writers Julia Ingalls and Nicholas Korody join us on the podcast this week to discuss two of their recent features&mdash;Julia's piece on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">banking security</a> with input from a reformed robber, and Nicholas' interview with the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture firm that moonlights as a government whistleblower</a>, posting hundreds of secret documents online.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 71 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "Private Session":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p><p><strong>Shownotes</strong>:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nextdoor</a>, "the private social network for your neighborhood"</p> NSA exploring data collection from Internet of Things, including biomedical devices Nicholas Korody 2016-06-14T18:29:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:46:03-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The National Security Agency is researching opportunities to collect foreign intelligence &mdash; including the possibility of exploiting internet-connected biomedical devices like pacemakers, according to a senior official. [...] When asked if the entire scope of the Internet of Things &mdash; billions of interconnected devices &mdash; would be &ldquo;a security nightmare or a signals intelligence bonanza,&rdquo; [Richard Ledgett, the NSA&rsquo;s deputy director] replied, &ldquo;Both.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on the world of the Internet of Things, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Don't get smart with me: reassessing the "Internet of Things" in the home</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Enlisting the Internet of Things against California's historic drought</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Map Plots the World's Internet Devices</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Traffic Lights are Easy to Hack</a></li></ul><p><em>This month, Archinect's coverage includes a special thematic focus, <strong><a href="" 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="" target="_blank">open call</a> by Sunday, June 19.</em></p> Kentucky students defend shared living spaces over "innovative" new dorms Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-27T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-05-05T23:39:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>with the rise of these innovative areas, traditional-style dorms, characterized by shared bathrooms and two or more students living with one another in a single space, are becoming less frequent on campus, and will soon be discontinued altogether. [...] living in a traditional-style dorm is important, especially for first-year students, because the living arrangements allow for greater communication between residents that may not necessarily occur in the newer dorms.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luxury UK student housing is on the rise, and with it, gentrification fears</a></li><li><a title="Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Viennese student dorms may Passively House refugees</a></li><li><a title="Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homework and Jacuzzis as Dorms Move to McMansions in California</a></li></ul> The Birth and Death of Privacy: 3000 Years of History Told Through 46 Images Orhan Ayyüce 2015-12-14T11:35:00-05:00 >2016-05-02T17:37:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="453" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>&ldquo;Privacy may actually be an anomaly&rdquo; ~ Vinton Cerf, Co-creator of the military&rsquo;s early Internet prototype and Google executive.</p><ul><li>Privacy, as we understand it, is only about 150 years old.</li><li>Humans do have an instinctual desire for privacy. However, for 3,000 years, cultures have nearly always prioritized convenience and wealth over privacy.</li><li>Section II will show how cutting edge health technology will force people to choose between an early, costly death and a world without any semblance of privacy. Given historical trends, the most likely outcome is that we will forgo privacy and return to our traditional, transparent existence.</li></ul><p>Internal Walls (c. 1500 AD): Most homes didn't have walls separating the rooms until the development of the brick chimney, which needed support beams.</p><p><img alt="" src="*5MiWesuarroBdus4OjoETg.png"></p><p>Source: Housing Culture: Traditional Architecture In An English Landscape (p. 78).</p><p>&ldquo;A profound change in the very blueprint of the living space&rdquo; ~&nbsp;<em>historian Sarti Raffaella, on the introduction of the chimney.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Read on t...</em></a></p> The next battleground for personal privacy: gyms? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-03T14:23:00-05:00 >2015-12-15T22:53:32-05:00 <img src="" width="530" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In the last 20 years, maybe 25 years, there&rsquo;s a huge cultural shift in people that ultimately affects gyms,&rdquo; said Bryan Dunkelberger, a founding principal of S3 Design, which has worked for clients like Equinox and the Sports Club/ LA. [...] And the millennials, these are the special children. They expect all the amenities... Privacy, they expect.&rdquo; [...] &ldquo;It&rsquo;s funny, they&rsquo;re more socially open with everything &mdash; Facebook, social media &mdash; yet more private in their personal space&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Ai Weiwei, Jacob Appelbaum and the dissident experience Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T20:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T19:02:49-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s a Thursday morning in Beijing, and the world&rsquo;s most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei, is sitting with one of the world&rsquo;s most controversial technologists, Jacob Appelbaum, in the second-floor lobby of the East Hotel. [...] On a whim, Ai suggests that they call Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been living for the last two years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. [...] Ai and Assange talk for several minutes about the mundanities of the dissident life.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Street view: a virtual tour across Russia by remote camera Alexander Walter 2014-11-21T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:40:14-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea for Yandex. Street Photographer came to Daniill Maksyokov on a Friday night, while he was surfing the internet [...] &ldquo;In Yandex.Maps there&rsquo;s an analogue of Google Street View called Panoramas but it only has views of Russian cities and some former-Soviet countries [...]&rdquo; say Maksyokov. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s more, faces, labels, registration numbers of vehicles and other personal data are not blurred &hellip; As a result you have a complete sense of presence and can see everything from a fresh perspective.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Europe will let its citizens edit Google search results for their names Archinect 2014-05-13T17:05:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:58:43-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The European Court of Justice&nbsp;said Google must remove links in search results when requested by individuals, such as the Spanish man who brought a case against the search engine in order to&nbsp;remove links to a 1998&nbsp;newspaper article about&nbsp;the sale of property to settle his debts.&nbsp;The court said that the &ldquo;initially lawful processing of accurate data&rdquo; could, over time, become &ldquo;inadequate,&rdquo; &ldquo;irrelevant,&rdquo; or &ldquo;excessive&rdquo; in the eyes of the people who feature&nbsp;in the material.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Power of Sticker Shock Alexander Walter 2014-02-20T15:41:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T18:35:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="827" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea of wrapping a house in giant graphic stickers, like the ones used for ads on city buses, appealed to Eric Chu the moment his architect suggested it. [...] Applying colorful, blown-up photos to the exterior glass walls &mdash; allowing daytime views out, but not in &mdash; was the unconventional solution proposed by Mr. Chu&rsquo;s architect, Whitney Sander, who runs Sander Architects with his wife, Catherine Holliss.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Harness Robocop social-networking ability with Highlight app Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-12T15:31:00-05:00 >2013-12-12T15:31:21-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The newest version of [Highlight], available for iPhone and Android, uses every sensor, signal, and stream it can get its hands on to passively figure out what you&rsquo;re doing, and it intelligently scans users nearby to figure out who you might be interested in. It&rsquo;s not necessarily about people you know but people you could know. And that makes it both way cooler and way creepier than Facebook could ever dream of being.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Google Street View gets (even more) personal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-10T14:44:00-05:00 >2013-12-10T17:19:01-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Google's Street View is slowly covering more and more of the world's surface, but it still has holes. Now though, you can help fill them&mdash;and all you need is an Android phone or DSLR. Google has just launched a new Street View feature which allows any user to recreate the usual Street View experience by stringing together photo spheres along paths which they define.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say) Archinect 2012-03-19T18:30:00-04:00 >2012-03-24T14:30:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="456" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts are laying the groundwork for the newcomers&rsquo; own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town&rsquo;s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol. Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>