Archinect - News 2017-08-20T06:09:37-04:00 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></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> Foster + Partners | Branch Technology win Phase 2, Level 1 of NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge Justine Testado 2017-05-09T19:42:00-04:00 >2017-05-10T09:08:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="271" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Foster + Partners and Branch Technology team recently won first prize in the NASA 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge's Phase 2: Level 1 Compression Test Competition. The three-phase Challenge envisions a future where autonomous machines can help build extra-terrestrial shelters for human habitation.&nbsp;Phase 2 is divided into three levels, with each one focusing on a different structural challenge.</p><p>After winning second place in Phase 1 in 2015, Foster + Partners teamed up with Branch Technology to refine the original concept.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Foster + Partners' Mars Habitat concept. Images &copy; Foster + Partners.</em></p><p>In Phase 2 - Level 1, the seven competing teams had to use a combination of recycled mission materials and indigenous Martian regolith to 3D-print a truncated cone and a cylinder, which went through compression testing to assess their suitability as structural components.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Foster + Partners and Branch Technology's Cone Print. Courtesy of Foster + Partners | Branch Technology.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>Foster + Partners and Bran...</em></p> 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="" 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=""><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=""><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=""><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=""><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=""><br><em>Photo credit: Bittermann Photography.</em></p><p>Check out the rest of the winners <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> 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="" 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> Not for reading the glass, but the core Nam Henderson 2016-11-27T01:04:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T01:04:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The pedestal extends 42 feet beyond the building&rsquo;s core to the north and south. The south overhang will suspend the tower over three parallel Long Island Rail Road tracks. The north overhang will act as a counterbalance....Rather than hide the unusual support system, Brookfield will highlight it with a cladding of travertine quarried about 15 miles east of Siena, Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David W Dunlop examines the design and physics behind the making of the $1 billion skyscraper,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1 Manhattan West</a>.</p> 2016 Structural Awards winners announced Justine Testado 2016-11-11T18:26:00-05:00 >2016-11-15T19:46:30-05:00 <img src="" 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=""></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=""></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=""></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=""></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=""></p><p>See the rest of the projects and further details&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p><p>Previous Structural Awards news on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Glass Lantern at Apple Store Istanbul wins top prize in Structural Awards 2014</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Structural Awards 2013</a></p> The Brooklyn Bridge might get an expansion, if it can handle one Justine Testado 2016-08-08T19:17:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T01:18:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Now after escalating complaints, New York City transportation officials said on Monday that something would finally be done to solve the riddle of what they call &ldquo;Times Square in the Sky.&rdquo;...That something &mdash; if the crossing can take it &mdash; could be building a new path to alleviate congestion But...any expansion of the promenade would most likely be complicated. &ldquo;I have to tell you, every time we touch this 133-year-old bridge, it tends to be costly and complex.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The New York Times states that Aecom will begin a seven-month $370,000 engineering study this month to analyze how much weight the bridge can carry and explore expansion options.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The NYC that could have been &ndash; 'Never Built New York' to be released this fall</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Call it the Brooklyn Wedge</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A tale of two parks: debate rages over a new plan for a "Maker Park" in Brooklyn</a></p> Berkeley researchers solve the mystery of the ultra-strong and durable ancient Roman concrete Archinect 2014-12-19T18:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:48:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="523" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mortar resists microcracking through in situ crystallization of platy str&auml;tlingite, a durable calcium-alumino-silicate mineral that reinforces interfacial zones and the cementitious matrix. The dense intergrowths of the platy crystals obstruct crack propagation and preserve cohesion at the micron scale, which in turn enables the concrete to maintain its chemical resilience and structural integrity in a seismically active environment at the millennial scale.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Glass Lantern at Apple Store Istanbul wins top prize in Structural Awards 2014 Justine Testado 2014-11-17T18:14:00-05:00 >2017-06-27T12:44:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From skyscrapers and bridges to residential and heritage projects, the annual Structural Awards recognize the best in structural engineering excellence and the significant role that structural engineers worldwide serve. Out of this year's shortlist, 12 projects were awarded at the award ceremony in London. Winning the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence went to The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store in Istanbul.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a few more of this year's winners:</p> <p>Above:<strong> Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence and </strong><strong>Award for Commercial or Retail Structures: The Glass Lantern at the Apple Store</strong><br>Location: Istanbul, Turkey<br>Structural designer:&nbsp;Eckersley O&rsquo;Callaghan</p> <p><strong>Award for Highway or Railway Bridge Structures: Elbebridge Sch&ouml;nebeck</strong><br>Location: Sch&ouml;nebeck, Germany<br>Structural Designer: Leonhardt, Andr&auml; und Partner</p> <p><img src=""></p> <p><strong>Award for Community or Residential Structures: Kew House</strong><br>Location: London, UK<br>Structural Designer: Price &amp; Myers</p> <p><img src=""></p> <p><strong>Award for Small Practices: Lower Hatea River Crossing</strong><br>Location: Whangarei, New Zealand<br>Structural Designer: Knight Architects / Peters &amp; Cheung</p> <p><img src=""></p> <p><strong>Award for Small Projects: The Miles Stair &ndash; Somerset House</strong><br>Location: London, UK<br>Structural Designer: Techniker</p> <p><img src=""></p> <p><strong>Find more of the winning projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</strong></p> <p>Previously: <a title="Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced</a><br><a title="Winners of the Structural Awards 2013" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winners of the Structural Awards 2013</a></p> Structural Awards 2014 shortlist is announced Justine Testado 2014-08-01T17:52:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T15:08:30-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="974" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It's that time of year again. The Institution of Structural Engineers revealed the 2014 shortlist for their annual Structural Awards today. The awards recognize achievement, innovation, and excellence in the field of structural engineering in addition to promoting its significant role in the creation of inventive design solutions.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a glimpse of the shortlisted projects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Find more photos and other details on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> A Taste of How 3-D Printing Could Transform High-Tech Architecture Archinect 2014-06-19T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-06-19T19:32:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In partnership with 3D Systems, Arup used 3-D printers capable of fusing powdered steel to replace the clunky, welded assemblage of plates that made up the original design. The result is a streamlined part: 15-percent lighter than its conventionally fabricated forebear and 1,000 times cooler-looking.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Structural Awards - 2013 Shortlist Justine Testado 2013-08-06T14:24:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:00:57-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Structural Awards, held by the Institution of Structural Engineers every year, recognizes the range of innovation, achievement, and excellence of structural engineers whose work is often overlooked. The Structural Awards highlights the challenging environments structural engineers constantly face in order to help build highly complex structures. The annual competition aims to distinguish talent, garner public attention, and inspire young people to explore the field of structural engineering.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Take a gander at some of the shortlisted projects below.</p> Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture Archinect 2013-06-17T15:39:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T08:14:34-04:00 <img src="" width="630" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world&rsquo;s most durable man-made creations ever&mdash;Roman concrete&mdash;has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> See physics behind why buildings crumble Archinect 2013-05-22T15:22:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T15:22:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CNN's Tom Foreman explains the strength of the tornado in Oklahoma and why some buildings couldn't withstand the force.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers Archinect 2013-04-01T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T14:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="599" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now underway, is expected to be completed by early next year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How The Sound Of Rain Helps Engineers Diagnose Unsafe Bridges Archinect 2012-10-25T12:11:00-04:00 >2012-10-29T23:27:10-04:00 <img src="" width="525" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the same way that structural deficiencies can be detected with something solid, two engineers from Brigham Young University--Brian Mazzeo and Spencer Guthrie--are listening in for the tell-tale acoustics by splashing bridges with water. They're looking for something called "delamination."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An App For Architects That Makes Physics Easy Archinect 2012-10-15T18:58:00-04:00 >2012-10-18T07:38:25-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After seven years of teaching structures to a mixed group of architecture and structural engineering graduate students at MIT, Paul Kassabian found that many of his future architects took a just-enough-to-get-the-homework-done approach to understanding those fundamental components. So he created an app to help them out.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How is computing changing the architect’s job? Archinect 2012-07-02T13:18:00-04:00 >2012-07-02T13:19:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The form was reinvented to an extent,&rdquo; says Yanni Loukissas, a postdoc in MIT&rsquo;s Program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS). And while the question of exactly which design changes should be credited to Utzon or Arup&rsquo;s firm has been a matter of some dispute, the building, Louskissas says, stands as &ldquo;an example where the engineer was instrumental in reshaping the project.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Student Projects: Cal Poly Pomona (TVEF – Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Facility) Studio Orhan Ayyüce 2011-12-20T00:27:28-05:00 >2012-04-03T19:45:18-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="478" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Last quarter a group of Cal Poly Pomona architecture and structural engineering students with professors Axel Schimitzberger and Dr. Mikhail Gershfeld conducted a multi disciplinary studio to design prototype tsunami evacuation facilities. The purpose of the studio was to design a temporary shelter during an earthquake/tsunami event and use the structure for other purposes in other times. Students had to design structures from precast concrete and steel. Needlessly to say the work was evolved to the advance levels of structural integrity and architectural innovation. As a final jury member I was impressed not only with the designs but also the&nbsp;simultaneous&nbsp;and symbiotic relationship of the two disciplines in a creative studio environment.</p> <p> Here is a quote from the studio objectives.</p> <p> <em>&ldquo;We anticipate some lively discussions between members of the two disciplines, revealing the different vocabularies of the two cultures. Architecture students will have to explain what they mean by ...</em></p>