Archinect - News 2017-08-20T04:17:02-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150022893/university-of-michigan-to-get-800-000-drone-testing-lab University of Michigan to get $800,000 drone testing lab Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-08-15T17:54:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T17:55:30-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/9u/9u2n82iadf9xs632.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Autonomous aerial vehicles have a host of applications, researchers say. Large ones can be used for commercial transport and national security. Small drones could survey disaster sites, inspect infrastructures like bridges and wind turbines, gather environmental and atmospheric data, and deliver packages, for example. Package delivery goes beyond Amazon orders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>University of Michigan&rsquo;s College of Engineering is adding an outdoor fly lab for testing autonomous aerial vehicles to the university&rsquo;s spate of advanced robotics facilities. Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/5052187/harley-ellis-devereaux" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harley Ellis Deveraux</a>, M-Air will be a netted, four-story complex situated next to the site where the Ford Motor Company Robotics Building will open in late 2019. Construction of the $800,000 M-Air is expected to begin in August and be complete by the end of the year.</p> <p>&ldquo;M-Air will allow us to push the edge of our algorithms and equipment in a safe way, where the worst that can happen is it falls from the sky,&rdquo; said Ella Atkins, professor of aerospace engineering. &ldquo;With this facility, we can pursue aggressive educational and research flight projects that involve high risk of fly-away or loss-of-control&mdash;and in realistic wind, lighting and sensor conditions.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019184/2-500-year-old-chinese-wood-joints-that-make-buildings-earthquake-proof 2,500-year-old Chinese wood joints that make buildings earthquake-proof Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-24T20:19:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T23:51:14-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/gj/gjyma1nkn50tr4jv.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over thousands of years, the building science of timber framing developed independently in both Northern Europe and China. But one big difference between the regions is that China, by virtue of its size and geological traits, is prone to devastating earthquakes. Ancient Chinese builders thus needed a way to create wooden structures that could not be shaken apart, and that were not so stiff that its support members would shatter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Known as <em>dougong</em>, these earthquake-resistant series of brackets were designed and engineered roughly 500 B.C. When interlocked together, the joints transfer weight to supporting columns, containing so many redundancies they can not be shaken apart.&nbsp;By spreading their tolerances over multiple joints they retain flexibility that prevents cracking and splitting.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/k9/k9idsavvedaipb9z.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/k9/k9idsavvedaipb9z.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>Perhaps the most surprising element of the system is that the columns are&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;sunken into the foundation nor moored, but are freestanding.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019090/chicago-s-new-studio-gang-designed-tower-to-have-a-blow-through-floor Chicago's new Studio Gang-designed tower to have a blow-through floor Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-24T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T11:17:46-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/me/mecj0w8qf1clvn8s.jpg" width="650" height="985" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...So today's engineers battle not only the force of gravity but the the whirling pockets of wind, known as vortices, that can cause towers to shake or vibrate. Failure to do so would make the motion of the building &mdash; or "acceleration," as engineers call it &mdash; uncomfortably noticeable.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Tunnel tests for Chicago's future third-tallest skyscraper showed that the plan for the building&mdash;three thin, interconnected high-rises designed by&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/26953studio-gang-architects" title="Jeanne Gang" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a>&mdash;would not be able to withstand high winds.&nbsp;<em>According to the engineers, the design for the Vista tower "would result in building occupants feeling ill and possibly afraid for their safety," Chicago's zoning administrator, Patricia Scudiero, wrote in an April 26 letter to Jack George, a lawyer for project's developers.</em></p> <p>To resolve that flaw, the developers requested &mdash; and the city okayed &mdash; a change to the already-approved plan for the building: the 83rd floor of the 98-story, 1,198-foot East Wacker Drive tower will now be an empty space that Chicago's famous winds can blow through. The blow-through floor, a facade opening, will serve as a vent to relieve wind pressure.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h0/h0wqrhpatw0e74h7.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/h0/h0wqrhpatw0e74h7.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Vista Tower skyline Image courtesy of Magellan Development Group</figcaption></figure><p><em>To further weave the floor into the tower, vertical bands present on the rest of the facade will e...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018425/sf-millennium-tower-continues-to-sink-engineers-suggest-a-possible-fix SF Millennium Tower continues to sink; engineers suggest a possible fix Alexander Walter 2017-07-19T17:29:00-04:00 >2017-07-19T17:35:38-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/zi/ziitsm18fxu0mer7.jpg" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A fix appears to be in the works for San Francisco&rsquo;s sinking and tilting Millennium Tower &mdash; just as a new report estimates the 58-story luxury high-rise has sunk yet another inch in the past seven months. [...] That lean is now up to nearly 14 inches at the building&rsquo;s roof &mdash; an additional 2-plus inches more than the tilt measured in January.</p></em><br /><br /><p>A pair of engineering firms hired by developer Millennium Partners think there's still hope to save the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/831562/millenium-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">troubled structure</a> and straighten it up again: "The LERA firm and DeSimone Consulting Engineers say the problem can be remedied by drilling 50 to 100 new piles down to bedrock from the building&rsquo;s basement," the <em>Chronicle</em> reports. "The engineering firms estimate the fix will cost $100 million to $150 million &mdash; more than your average home foundation repair, but a lot less than the billion-dollar-plus price tag that some experts have feared."</p> <p>Urgency is increasing though as a new engineering report by Arup Group presents evidence that the rate of sinking remains steady and cracking in the basement continues.<br></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 src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg" width="650" height="910" border="0" title="" alt="" /><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/150011539/first-mass-timber-high-rise-building-to-be-permitted-in-the-us-is-coming-to-portland First mass timber high-rise building to be permitted in the US is coming to Portland Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-08T18:33:00-04:00 >2017-06-08T18:33:32-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/hk/hkzughjb4z78wn1q.jpg" width="650" height="891" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Designed by <a href="http://archinect.com/leverarchitecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEVER Architecture</a>, Framework Building aims at promoting <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/4450/sustainability" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sustainable</a> building practices and economic opportunity&nbsp;for a sustainable urban-rural ecology.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/75/757ws6837eqavrtk.jpg"></p><p>To receive the permit the 12-story building has completed a series of fire, acoustic and structural tests which have proven that mass <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/282/timber" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">timber</a> construction performs to fire and life safety requirements, in some cases even exceeding the current standards.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ii/iimffj3hgesljyzx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/r7/r7fssdmxf386mw3h.jpg"></p><p>"The mixed-use project combines retail and public exhibition on the ground level, with five levels of office and 60-units of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable housing</a>. Framework&rsquo;s commercial tenants will be B corporations&mdash;businesses certified to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. The housing component of the project accommodates residents earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c14j6fqssnmrbc7m.jpg"></p><p>Framework is part of a mutually beneficial cycle between natural resources, the rural timber industries that rely on these resources, and the citi...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150011297/a-13-story-building-topples-over-in-alexandria-egypt A 13-story building topples over in Alexandria, Egypt Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-07T14:25:00-04:00 >2017-06-07T15:06:22-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/v3/v3wor7cqkze82p1w.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Incidents like these take place relatively frequently in Egypt where building regulations are often flouted and additional floors added without planning permission.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The building's failure is attributed to a weak foundation caused by its&nbsp;excessive height. Issued a removal order in 2002, just two years after its construction, the building was occupied up until last Wednesday when it&nbsp;leaned on its neighbor across the street.&nbsp;Its much overdue demolition began shortly after.&nbsp;</p><p>The affected families have been provided emergency housing at local schools, and been promised new apartments by Ministry of the&nbsp;Social Solidarity.The owner of the toppled&nbsp;building in Azareeta was arrested.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150007879/construction-of-the-world-s-first-light-rail-on-a-floating-bridge-to-start-next-month-in-seattle Construction of the world’s first light rail on a floating bridge to start next month in Seattle Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-16T18:36:00-04:00 >2017-05-16T19:54:11-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ix/ixi61d5knhe0q5qo.jpg" width="650" height="418" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Engineers have to ensure the bridge will remain buoyant when a pair of 300-ton trains pass each other, and that the high-voltage current that powers the trains won&rsquo;t stray into the bridge&rsquo;s pontoons and corrode its steel rebar. They spent $53 million just to design the section across Lake Washington.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge is a floating bridge that stretches across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and Bellevue through Interstate 90 freeway.</p><p>This April the final design promising to replace the center express lanes of I-90 with full speed light rail was signed off.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ps/psz6uehfplhn665x.jpg"></p><p>Subject to much controversy, Sound Transit has&nbsp;engineered and field-tested&nbsp;unique joints&nbsp;in order for the&nbsp;rail&nbsp;to account for the bridge's movement and weather conditions.</p><p>Rail service is projected to begin in 2023.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150005664/hong-kong-grounded Hong Kong, Grounded Places Journal 2017-05-02T18:44:00-04:00 >2017-05-02T18:44:54-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/2f/2fuiq1wmgcmdjgbz.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even in this relentlessly vertical city, famous for walkways that feel like aerial labyrinths, you can&rsquo;t levitate forever. Where the mountain rises up faster than the towers, you bump into a hillside and come back to earth. In Hong Kong, the ground is everywhere.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The terrain that weaves between streets, through public spaces, and beneath buildings in Hong Kong reminds observers of the tenuous relation between the city and its geology. Karl Kullmann photographs these zones of contact between the multilevel metropolis and the mountain, reflecting on the city's genuine landscape infrastructure and the urban experiences that it grounds.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150001015/architecture-named-seventh-best-job-in-the-engineering-category-out-of-eight Architecture named seventh best job in the "engineering" category (out of eight) Nicholas Korody 2017-04-03T12:38:00-04:00 >2017-04-14T03:16:05-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8a/8a8v6lwpnegt2pjz.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>U.S. News released a &ldquo;Best Job&rdquo; rankings from a variety of different industries and architecture came in seventh &ndash; in the &ldquo;engineering&rdquo; category. Out of eight. Following cartographer. And not even listed on the general 100 &ldquo;Best Jobs&rdquo; list.&nbsp;</p><p>The rankings are produced by looking at a variety of different criteria: median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth volume (number of new jobs created), 10-year growth percentage (percentage growth rate of new jobs), future job prospects (number of openings vs. number of job seekers), stress level, and work-life balance.&nbsp;</p><p>Of course, a number of these, like stress level, are subjective. More broadly speaking, the value of rankings like this are questionable. As even the ranking itself notes, &ldquo;Choosing an occupation is personal, and of course, there is no ideal way to determine the best job overall.&rdquo;</p><p>Read why architecture came out as number seven <a href="http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/architect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149998972/four-world-trade-center-nmaahc-samsung-americas-hq-among-2017-ideas-winners-for-steel-construction Four World Trade Center, NMAAHC, Samsung Americas HQ among 2017 IDEAS² winners for steel construction Justine Testado 2017-03-22T20:59:00-04:00 >2017-03-22T20:59:41-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/q0/q0tqu67mwqhxhflp.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's already that time of year when the American Institute of Steel Construction reveals the latest winning projects of their Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards...Out of nearly 100 submissions from firms across the country, 13 winners received National and Merit Awards. The judging panel evaluated each submission's use of structural steel through multiple architectural and structural engineering elements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some of this year's winning projects are:</p><p><strong>Presidential Award of Excellence in Engineering</strong>: Four World Trade Center, New York.<br>Submitted by: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q9/q917vzzpwqaep445.jpg"><br><em>Photo credit: Fadi Asmar.</em></p><p><strong>National Award</strong>: Samsung Americas Headquarters (Device Solutions), San Jose, Calif.<br>Submitted by: Arup, Los Angeles</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yj/yj9q85m6z6lm96di.jpg"><br><em>Photo credit: Tim Griffith</em></p><p><strong>National Award:</strong> National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C.&nbsp;<br>Submitted by: Clark/Smoot/Russell A Joint Venture, Bethesda, Md.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/q0/q0tqu67mwqhxhflp.jpg"><br><em>Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution - Michael Barnes.</em></p><p><strong>Merit Award</strong>:&nbsp;Fulton Center, New York.&nbsp;<br>Submitted by: Arup, New York</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/az/az3bi85ic0104bog.jpg"><br><em>Photo credit: James Ewing Photography.</em></p><p><strong>Merit Award</strong>: Nippert Stadium West Pavilion, Cincinnati, Ohio.<br>Submitted by: THP Limited, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j244kfow63d7keqb.jpg"><br><em>Photo credit: Bittermann Photography.</em></p><p>Check out the rest of the winners <a href="http://bustler.net/news/5532/thirteen-buildings-win-in-2017-ideas-steel-frame-building-design-awards" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149996540/big-to-start-its-own-in-house-engineering-unit BIG to start its own in-house engineering unit Nicholas Korody 2017-03-10T12:33:00-05:00 >2017-03-10T19:37:21-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/c6/c6rs51ew5mj4cz4x.jpg" width="650" height="392" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/39902/big-bjarke-ingels-group" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a> grows so does their ambition for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/59323/engineering" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineering</a> challenges. To help further facilitate their adventures in building design, the Copenhagen and New York-based studio have hired an in-house engineer, Duncan Horswill, the former CCO at S&oslash;ren Jensen Engineers. BIG Engineering, as the unit will be called, with be &ldquo;dedicated to ensuring the structural, mechanical integrity and resilience of BIG buildings globally. Already, the unit is working on projects around the world, from the new NOMA restaurant in Copenhagen to the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/71506057/big-s-marknagil-education-center-breaks-ground-on-faroe-islands" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Faroe Islands Education Centre</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At BIG we practice knowledge-driven design. We have been fortunate to work with some of the best urbanists, landscapers, sociologists, artists and engineers in the world, and will continue to do so. To be able to stretch the boundaries of the physical, financial, regulatory and environmental limits of design, we need to surround ourselves with the best experts in the fields outside our own expertise in architecture, and bring them in-h...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149989760/tu-delft-wins-overall-for-first-phase-of-spacex-hyperloop-pod-competition TU Delft wins overall for first phase of SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Justine Testado 2017-02-02T12:37:00-05:00 >2017-02-03T15:07:14-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/yl/ylegpm9f8mvhp1tq.jpg" width="650" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>TU Delft recently won the overall winning title in the first phase of SpaceX's Hyperloop Pod competition, which the aerospace company launched <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">in 2015</a>. Students and independent engineers worldwide were invited to design a human-scale Hyperloop pod, as a way to help accelerate SpaceX's development of a functional Hyperloop prototype.</p><p>This past weekend, SpaceX held the first Competition Weekend at their headquarters in Hawthorne, California. After various performance tests, only three student teams were qualified to test their pods on the 1.2 kilometer test tube: TU Delft, the&nbsp;Technical University of Munich, and&nbsp;MIT.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/zu/zuiexsbswf7y8ec2.jpg"><br><em>Delft Hyperloop pod at the SpaceX competition in Hawthorne. Photo via TUDelft/Twitter.</em></p><p>Their&nbsp;pod wasn't the fastest one, but&nbsp;TU Delft achieved the&nbsp;highest overall score and won&nbsp;best innovative design. The Technical University of Munich came in second and won the fastest pod award, while MIT placed in third overall and won best safety and reliability.</p><p>Speed wasn't the main pri...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149985439/a-team-of-scientists-have-made-graphene-the-strongest-material-in-the-world-into-a-building-material A team of scientists have made graphene—the strongest material in the world—into a building material Nicholas Korody 2017-01-09T12:47:00-05:00 >2017-01-11T21:32:06-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/xd/xdmeeixl1irgd0wb.jpg" width="650" height="520" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The space elevator&mdash;a theoretical mode of transportation where transport modules move up and down a long cable that connects Earth to space&mdash;has long been the stuff of futuristic fantasy...Now, a team of MIT scientists has designed one of the strongest lightweight materials in existence, taking us one step closer to realizing that sci-fi dream&mdash;and creating a formula for a material that could revolutionize architecture and infrastructure right here on Earth, too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The material in question is called&nbsp;<em>graphene</em>, a two-dimensional form of carbon. At just one atom thick, graphene has so far proven to be inoperable as a building material, even though it's the strongest material we know about. But the team of MIT invented a process that could change that. Using heat and pressure, they were able to create 3D geometries that proved to be ten times stronger than steel, but 5% less dense.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lq/lqgfgqf7586qdrno.jpg"></p><p>According to the researchers behind the projects, the move from 2D to 3D is similar to rolling up a piece of paper, in the process creating a tube, which is a strong architectural form. Apparently, the material has other possible benefits for architecture. For example, because graphene is porous, it could act as a filter for water and air. And its strength could make buildings more resilient to extreme weather patterns.</p><p>At the moment, graphene is too expensive to be readily adapted to building purposes. But the 3D geometry invented by the MIT team could be used with mater...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149983978/robots-could-soon-maintain-the-sydney-opera-house-s-one-million-roof-tiles Robots could soon maintain the Sydney Opera House's one million roof tiles Alexander Walter 2016-12-27T19:43:00-05:00 >2017-01-03T22:41:37-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ds/dsv68uj8t9fdgrkx.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>One million brilliant white tiles clad the 65m-tall precast concrete roof [...] glazed ceramic tiles need to be hand-checked, or tapped, every five years by specialist engineers, who abseil down the roof &ldquo;sails&rdquo; looking for changes in their sound or appearance. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of the opera house, the Getty Foundation, the University of Sydney and the engineering and design group Arup, this expensive, vertigo- inducing process is a step closer to becoming a thing of the past.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/43/43ey8m85291h357w.jpg"></p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950257/j-rn-utzon-s-saga-with-the-sydney-opera-house-coming-to-the-big-screen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's saga with the Sydney Opera house coming to the big screen</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937067/j-rn-utzon-s-final-touch-to-the-sydney-opera-house-a-le-corbusier-tapestry" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">J&oslash;rn Utzon's final touch to the Sydney Opera House: a Le Corbusier tapestry</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/83759456/the-sydney-opera-house-by-j-rn-utzon-celebrates-its-40th-anniversary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Sydney Opera House by J&oslash;rn Utzon Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980650/the-toy-like-mola-structural-kit-allows-architects-to-experiment-with-structural-engineering The toy-like Mola Structural Kit allows architects to experiment with structural engineering Julia Ingalls 2016-11-29T14:02:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T18:51:52-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/q0/q0ja4hzy67i0o79k.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>How can architects determine if their designs are structurally sound? Aside from consulting with a professional structural engineering firm, the Mola Structural Kit offers a playful way to test out the strength and durability of various designs. The company has unveiled the second edition of the kit, which has been designed to be compatible with the first. Here's a video that explains it all:&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149978080/2016-structural-awards-winners-announced 2016 Structural Awards winners announced Justine Testado 2016-11-11T18:26:00-05:00 >2016-11-15T19:46:30-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/gg/ggsz6wslasztzu9q.jpg" width="650" height="561" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Institution of Structural Engineers celebrated the winners of their 2016 Structural Awards today during a ceremony at The Brewery in London...From this year's shortlist, eleven category winners were announced. The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, Canada &mdash; engineered by Fast + Epp &mdash; was crowned with the coveted Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, the Institution's highest accolade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few of this year's winners:</p><p><strong>Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence AND&nbsp;Award for Community or Residential Structures: </strong>Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre - Surrey, Canada.&nbsp;Engineered by: Fast + Epp.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/qf/qflkr4pr7vownr39.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Sustainability: 5 Broadgate &ndash; London, UK.&nbsp;Engineered by: BuroHappold.</strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/xj/xj94j43ga4kr4jgi.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Education or Healthcare Structures: Blavatnik School of Government &ndash; Oxford, UK.&nbsp;Engineered by: Pell Frischmann.&nbsp;</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/tu/tugh9zbuehzrasoo.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Small Practices: Expo2015 Hive &ndash; Milan, Italy + London, UK.&nbsp;Engineered by: Simmonds Studio.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2v/2vrco7dfimc9lzzp.jpg"></p><p><strong>Award for Infrastructure or Transportation Structures: Transformation of Birmingham New Street Station.&nbsp;Engineered by: Atkins/AKTII.</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/oba4hczrneg3uk33.jpg"></p><p>See the rest of the projects and further details&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5294/2016-structural-awards-winners-announced-grandview-heights-aquatic-centre-wins-supreme-excellence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previous Structural Awards news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113894092/the-glass-lantern-at-apple-store-istanbul-wins-top-prize-in-structural-awards-2014" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Glass Lantern at Apple Store Istanbul wins top prize in Structural Awards 2014</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86908460/winners-of-the-structural-awards-2013" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Structural Awards 2013</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway Justine Testado 2016-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-05T14:57:54-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4v/4vlpyrm6fk154y4c.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the highway serves as the main artery connecting the &ldquo;Last Frontier&rdquo; with Canada and the northwestern U.S., bringing tourists to Alaska cruise ships; food, supplies and medicine to remote towns; and equipment to oil fields and mines that are the region&rsquo;s lifeblood... &ldquo;Communities are unable to reach each other, it&rsquo;s harder to get goods there,&rdquo; [...] Thawing permafrost isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;just an inconvenience, folks; it&rsquo;s a change in the way of life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960408/calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower-engineers-complete-wind-tests-and-seismic-studies Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower: engineers complete wind tests and seismic studies Alexander Walter 2016-07-28T14:05:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T13:16:55-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ez/ezerdi47j1mzhg5h.jpg" width="650" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] has completed advanced wind tunnel tests on The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, which is set to be 100 metres taller than the 828-metre Burj Khalifa when complete. Emaar said the wind tests were crucial in defining the final height and design aspects, while the project&rsquo;s Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls added that they "were an important component in the structural design stage, and we have deployed innovative engineering techniques to confirm the strength of the new icon".</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour project previously in the Archinect news:</p> <ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939784/a-notch-taller-than-burj-khalifa-check-out-these-new-renderings-of-santiago-calatrava-s-megatall-dubai-tower" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A notch taller" than Burj Khalifa: check out these new renderings of Santiago Calatrava's megatall Dubai tower</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147749077/santiago-calatrava-to-design-a-seemingly-supertall-observation-tower-in-dubai" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava to design a seemingly supertall observation tower in Dubai</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149957892/unique-seating-for-the-philharmonie-de-paris-how-to-create-a-seat-with-low-acoustic-absorption-for-a-perfect-symphony-hall Unique seating for the Philharmonie de Paris: How to create a seat with low acoustic absorption for a perfect symphony hall Sponsor 2016-07-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T17:27:43-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/xf/xfm5dw2hm71hnrfg.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/e9/e98zt4b7q8a4ynl0.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras International Seating</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The building of the <strong>Philharmonie de Paris</strong>, designed by Jean Nouvel, is a unique architectural work in the Parc de La Villette in the French capital. The seating installed inside was specifically created for the hall by Jean Nouvel in partnership with <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Figueras</a>. Up to 10 acoustic tests, in laboratories in Paris and Barcelona, were needed to achieve the desired product.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/0v/0vlp6pjx2kf9hb42.jpg"></p><p>Jean Nouvel gave the Philharmonie concert hall a unique shape, as it is an adjustable space that surrounds the spectator. The Grande Salle of the <a href="http://www.figueras.com/us/projects/concert-halls-and-auditoriums/1476_philharmonie-de-paris.html?utm_source=Archinet%20Newsletter%201%20USA%202016%20%20&amp;utm_medium=Newsletter%20Archinet%20728x90&amp;utm_campaign=000007000596" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Philharmonie</em></a> is not designed in a &ldquo;vineyard&rdquo; or &ldquo;shoebox&rdquo; shape like traditionally. The Grande Salle starts a new model, enveloping and moveable. Jean Nouvel chose a unique solution to offer a total and enveloping experience, placing the spectators in hanging balconies at different heights. In this way, they are immersed in the hall with the feeling of heading toward the orchestra. The sound literally wraps each of ...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954589/future-sustainable-cities-will-be-built-with-bone Future sustainable cities will be built with... bone? Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-28T13:28:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T14:49:10-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/sf/sf7wjogaymffjd8g.jpg" width="650" height="867" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In bone, the proportions of protein and mineral are roughly equal &ndash; the mineral gives bone stiffness and hardness, while the protein gives it toughness or resistance to fracture. While bones can break, it is relatively rare, and they have the benefit of being self-healing [...] &ldquo;All of our existing building standards have been designed with concrete and steel in mind. Constructing buildings out of entirely new materials would mean completely rethinking the whole industry."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bioengineer Dr. Michelle Oyen of <a href="http://archinect.com/cambridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cambridge</a>&rsquo;s Department of Engineering and her lab are working on ways to build artificial compounds that mimic bone and eggshell. Eventually, once scaled up, the compounds could be used as building materials.</p><p>When the mineral compounds are "templated" onto the naturally occurring animal protein of collagen, Oyen believes that the two materials could make a "lattice-type structure," stronger than the bone itself. Because this combination takes far less energy to produce than say steel or concrete, it could be used as a more energy efficient building material.</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="The scientists trying to harness the power of waves" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936413/the-scientists-trying-to-harness-the-power-of-waves" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The scientists trying to harness the power of waves</a></li><li><a title="US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947979/making-bricks-from-cigarette-butts-could-drastically-reduce-environmental-cost" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Making bricks from cigarette butts could drastically reduce environmental cost</a></li><li><a title="A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/148273321/a-cardboard-and-carbon-emission-economy-the-long-term-effects-of-our-desire-for-instant-gratification" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A cardboard and carbon-emission economy: the long-term effects of our desire for instant gratification</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149943942/matters-of-scale-with-bill-zahner-head-of-the-engineering-design-consultancy-behind-the-petersen-automotive-museum-s-redesign" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Matters of Scale' with Bill Zahner, head of the engineerin...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149952133/so-much-more-than-an-engineer-ove-arup-gets-his-first-museum-retrospective "So much more than an engineer": Ove Arup gets his first museum retrospective Nicholas Korody 2016-06-16T19:37:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:44:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/d1/d12bqqbidd2i9xtz.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He was so much more than an engineer,&rdquo; says the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Zofia Trafas White, who co-curated the show with Maria Nicanor. We are walking through a corridor of the Dane&rsquo;s dreamy doodles, which forms a slightly surreal start to the show [...] &ldquo;Designing,&rdquo; Arup said, &ldquo;is defining a sensible way of building.&rdquo; Noticeably, all the projects on show trumpet their engineering credentials at full volume, as the (seemingly) logical expression of how they were made.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more on Ove Arup and his firm, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951976/ove-arup-celebrated-with-new-show-at-the-v-a" target="_blank">Ove Arup celebrated with new show at the V&amp;A</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144962617/our-cities-must-adapt-to-climate-change-and-growing-populations-within-a-single-generation-according-to-the-head-of-arup" target="_blank">Our cities must adapt to climate change and growing populations within a single generation, according to the head of Arup</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/109894274/arup-germany-solarleaf-studio-tamassociati-and-elemental-win-in-2014-zumtobel-group-award" target="_blank">Arup Germany/SolarLeaf, Studio Tamassociati, and Elemental win in 2014 Zumtobel Group Award</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136423345/grimshaw-and-arup-release-designs-for-new-high-speed-rail-hub-in-central-london" target="_blank">Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149951976/ove-arup-celebrated-with-new-show-at-the-v-a Ove Arup celebrated with new show at the V&A Ellen Hancock 2016-06-16T10:17:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T22:42:22-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/kg/kgn225v5o5aqprqn.jpg" width="650" height="398" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The show, curated by the V&amp;A&rsquo;s Maria Nicanor and Zofia Trafas White, is a fascinating exploration of the 20th century engineer&rsquo;s life and work, and how it has influenced today&rsquo;s practices in his field. Arup, fittingly argue the curators, was a true pioneer, championing real collaboration with architects, using a computer for the first time during the Sydney Opera House project in the 1960s &ndash; a hefty but fascinating machine called 'Pegasus', on display at the show.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read more UK news here:</p><ul><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149951669/this-week-s-picks-for-london-architecture-and-design-events" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This week's picks for London architecture and design events</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950809/museum-of-london-design-shortlist-revealed" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of London design shortlist revealed</a></li><li><a href="http://uk.archinect.com/news/article/149950671/author-of-interactive-architecture-on-the-built-environment-in-the-age-of-ubiquitous-computing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Author of 'Interactive Architecture' on the built environment in the age of ubiquitous computing</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149945931/fabricated-robot-installation-at-the-v-a-unveiled-as-part-of-their-first-engineering-season Fabricated robot installation at the V&A unveiled as part of their first Engineering Season Ellen Hancock 2016-05-18T12:00:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T00:07:45-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/9c/9ca6vfadt2f9v8t4.jpg" width="650" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>To mark the beginning of it's first ever Engineering Season, the V&amp;A has revealed a new large-scale installation in the John Madjeski Garden;&nbsp;<em>Elytra Filament Pavilion</em>.&nbsp;</p><p>The pavilion's components have been fabricated by a robot at the University of Stuttgart and then assembled on site. Utilsing biomimicry principles the structure is inspired by lightweight construction principles found in nature, specifically the fibrous structures of the forewing shells of flying beetles known as elytra.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c1/c1ql3r1qqtuvywpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/3k/3k8nbhok7bw8wh26.jpg"></p><p>This is the first public commission in the UK for experimental architect Achim Menges who has teamed up&nbsp;with&nbsp;Moritz D&ouml;rstelmann, structural engineer Jan Knippers and climate engineer Thomas Auer.</p><p><strong>Achim Menges&nbsp;</strong><strong>said:</strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;<em>Advances in the technologies of making have always been a catalyst for&nbsp;design innovation, which is nowhere more evident than at the V&amp;A. With&nbsp;Elytra&nbsp;Filament&nbsp;Pavilion&nbsp;we aim to celebrate a truly contemporary and integrative approach to design,&nbsp;engineering and production, resulting in a dist...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149936159/bridging-the-gap-tintagel-castle-design-contest-winning-design-revealed Bridging the gap; Tintagel Castle design contest winning design revealed Ellen Hancock 2016-03-23T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-04-08T00:38:58-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/co/co9oe6bd2esz50u8.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The daring concept proposes one cantilever on the Cornish mainland and another on the island fortress, where, legend has it, King Arthur was conceived. The two structures stretch out to each other across the void but do not quite meet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The victorious design was&nbsp;conceived&nbsp;by the Belgian company Ney &amp; Partners Civil Engineers in&nbsp;partnership with British architects William Matthews Associates.&nbsp;</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:16:04-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/n8/n84jny81gl2e3qac.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveils a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijn, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/139121978/students-endure-the-final-home-stretch-at-the-u-s-solar-decathlon-2015 Students endure the final home stretch at the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2015 Justine Testado 2015-10-18T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T16:11:19-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vq/vqngoa6chlo3yg4g.jpg" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The sun beat down onto the asphalt grounds of the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, where a village of 14 solar-powered houses popped up for the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/19773/solar-decathlon" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Solar Decathlon</a>. Multi-disciplinary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/93446440/twenty-teams-listed-for-doe-solar-decathlon-2015-at-oc-great-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">teams of college students</a> worldwide dedicate two years to designing and planning their institution&rsquo;s house, then spend just nine days assembling them from scratch in Irvine.&nbsp;Then, the competition begins.</p><p>Teams are tasked with constructing the house that best blends affordability and consumer appeal, and demonstrates optimal energy production and efficiency. The houses are evaluated in <a href="http://www.solardecathlon.gov/2015/competition-contests.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">10 contests</a>&nbsp;based on merits of performance and livability. The team who scores the most out of a maximum 1,000 points is crowned the overall winner. Held biennially, the Decathlon attracts ambitious students who want to push the boundaries of the future of sustainable technology and housing, while honing their technical skills and toughening their skin for their forthcoming careers.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wt/wtjuzz9ti0dhmacw.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6p/6pkkuxc64ddulou3.jpg"><br><em>"S...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/136959203/how-chile-s-strict-building-codes-help-reduce-the-country-s-earthquake-casualties How Chile’s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties Alexander Walter 2015-09-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T17:39:07-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/7n/7nh8g5f5v8msdecv.jpg" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wednesday night&rsquo;s 8.3-magnitude earthquake had left 11 dead and a 175 houses damaged. While the toll wasn&rsquo;t negligible, the quake &mdash; the world&rsquo;s strongest this year &mdash; might have leveled less-prepared countries. &ldquo;Our structural engineering is world class,&rdquo; Santos, a 62-year-old engineer at the firm Ingener&iacute;a Estructuras Consultor&iacute;a, said by phone. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s made in Chile.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126205945/deadly-7-9-magnitude-earthquake-in-nepal-destroys-architectural-landmarks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126365016/are-india-s-cities-prepared-to-withstand-an-earthquake-like-in-nepal" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128640228/first-japanese-skyscraper-gets-retrofitted-with-rooftop-vibration-control-system" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months Justine Testado 2015-07-31T15:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T13:33:49-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/nt/ntx9g86fe3kchlh8.jpg" width="640" height="960" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://thyssenkrupp.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>'s MULTI elevator test tower is happening, indeed&nbsp;&mdash; and at a seemingly impressive rate. Less than 10 months after starting construction, the currently 232-meter structure in the German city of Rottweil recently celebrated its topping out. ThyssenKrupp is aiming to have the tower fully built and go into operation by the end of 2016. Once complete, the company will begin testing the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system, which they <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled late last year</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1bhkz480ue526ud.jpg"></p><p>ThyssenKrupp credits the tower's smooth construction progress through the use of "an innovative slipforming technique&nbsp;&mdash; all on time and on budget", and they obviously won't be slowing down anytime soon. The final glass story and the top of the elevator shafts will be added to the tower over the next two weeks, bringing the structure up to 244 meters. The tower will then reach its 246 height when the facade is complete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7yya81vf3esdzzo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/ta1c81tazzbkha87.jpg"></p><p>Interior work for the tower is scheduled for mid-August. Building services and elevator e...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/132648258/japan-s-largest-treehouse-is-also-a-high-tech-engineering-feat Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat Alexander Walter 2015-07-24T15:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T17:37:56-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/it/itckki4tbnb47s1q.jpg" width="650" height="975" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Completed in March of 2014, Kusukusu [...] is a marvelous feat of architecture, engineering and technology. Working with Hiroshi Nakamura of NAP Architects, the team came in and 3D-scanned hundreds of points on the tree. Based on that 3D data they then created a steel trellis that threaded through the tree, interlocking perfectly [...]. What&rsquo;s amazing is that the treehouse in its entirety, never touches the tree. It&rsquo;s completely self-standing so as to not harm the tree.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here are a few more images of the stunner of a treehouse in Atami, Japan designed by master treehouse builder&nbsp;Takashi Kobayashi in collaboration with&nbsp;NAP Architects.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/cc72ilezl3jpeagw.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2t/2torlh574dy5kbpf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/iv/iv2k1yger6zw9xb6.jpg"></p><p>To learn more and see the complete set of photos, head over to <a href="http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/07/23/japans-largest-treehouse-is-a-sprawling-structure-built-around-a-300-year-old-tree/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spoon &amp; Tamago</a>.</p><p><em>Photos by Koji Fujii/Nacasa &amp; Partners Inc.&nbsp;</em></p><p>In other tree-hugging news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131795914/new-zealand-landscaper-shapes-church-out-of-trees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Zealand landscaper shapes church out of trees</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131562508/it-s-official-trees-are-good-for-your-health" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">It's official: trees are good for your health</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130810350/the-public-life-of-the-world-s-celebritrees" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The public life of the world's celebritrees</a></li></ul>