Archinect - News 2017-08-21T23:42:52-04:00 Rearrangeable airplane interiors? They may actually be on the horizon Nicholas Korody 2017-02-09T12:39:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T10:29:50-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Researchers armed with Ikea furniture, board games, and plastic-wrapped meals, wanted to know how people would handle themselves if airlines swapped&nbsp;those&nbsp;cramped rows of miserable seats for&nbsp;something more imaginative. They tested something&nbsp;A3 [the California-flavored startup-within-a-multinational-corporation at Airbus] calls &ldquo;Transpose&rdquo;&mdash;a conceptual modular cabin that&nbsp;offers a bevy of in-flight activities: a facial over here, a latte over there, a spin class up front.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Think that&rsquo;s weird? Well, once the plane lands, a crew can pop out one interior and toss in a new one, moving things about to create the next flight&rsquo;s passenger experience.</em></p><p>According to the article, this idea might not ever actually take off. There's a host of regulatory as well as logistical issues. But it's a serious project that Airbus has a dedicated team working on!</p> The Ehang passenger drone might be another way people will get around town someday Justine Testado 2016-01-08T19:54:00-05:00 >2016-01-12T13:07:16-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The idea behind the Chinese-built 184 is that users will simply get in, power it up, select their destination using a 12-inch touchscreen tablet display, then press the 'take-off' button. The drone's automated flight systems will take over from there, managing tasks such as communication with air traffic control and other aircraft, obstacle avoidance, and of course navigation...</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Self-driving cars</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">self-driving bikes</a>, the Hyperloop slowly becoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a reality</a>, what's next for urban mobility? Self-driving passenger drones, of course. Smart-drone enterprise&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ehang</a>&nbsp;unveiled a single-seat, battery-powered&nbsp;Autonomous Aerial Vehicle (AAV) called <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Ehang 184 </a>at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.&nbsp;The quadcopter was built for short-to-medium-distance personal transit, and users won't need a piloting license to operate it. Apparently, it'll be commercially available later this year for $200,000-$300,000, Gizmag writes. If this technology really *ahem* takes off, the FAA will surely have a field day <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">regulating it</a>.&nbsp;</p> Around the world in 80 minutes: Is a future of high-speed air travel coming soon? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-16T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="467" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The reasons for designing and flying vehicles that are capable of global reach in the time taken to read the morning newspaper are technically attractive and militarily obvious. The economic and social justifications are perhaps less easily pinned down, but are nonetheless compelling. What will be the impact of treating Sydney as a commuter suburb for Beijing, or of being able to visit Antipodean gran for Sunday roast &ndash; with a serious prospect of being home in time for dinner and telly?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Havermans + Rietveld Landscape Unveil "Secret Operation 610" Thinkspace Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-09-24T14:19:00-04:00 >2013-09-26T13:52:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry. At an almost excruciatingly slow pace, the artwork uses its caterpillar tracks to cross the seemingly infinite runway.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lending a new meaning to "think tank", the formidable&nbsp;<em>Secret Operation 610</em> is now slinking its way across <a href=";ie=UTF8&amp;cid=11298052106116834619&amp;q=Vliegbasis+Soesterberg&amp;iwloc=A&amp;gl=US&amp;hl=en" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Airbase Soesterberg</a> in the Netherlands. Both art piece and educational practice, the structure is designed by Studio Frank Havermans and Reitveld Landscape for&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SKOR</a>&nbsp;| Foundation for Art and Public Domain. While the aesthetic is inspired by a Cold War military atmosphere, its interior serves as a research space -- conducted while <em>Secret Operation 610</em> crawls across the landscape.</p> <p> The "mobile sculpture" will first be home to students from Delft University of Technology, studying carbon-free and silent flight technology, but&nbsp;will ultimately be open to researchers from any discipline.</p> <p> Check out <i>Secret Operations 610</i> in action in the video below.</p> <p> More on <em>Secret Operation 610</em> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Frank Havermans</a>&nbsp;+ <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rietveld Landscape</a></p> Norman Foster: To infinity and beyond? Paul Petrunia 2011-05-17T20:51:13-04:00 >2011-05-19T14:10:03-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"As a designer I know that everything we've done -- everything I've done -- is to try to transform that experience to bring it back to what it was in the golden age of flight," says Foster. "To make it something that is a celebration, to make it a friendly, uplifting experience and in that sense to go back in time."</p></em><br /><br /><p> CNN interviews Norman Foster.</p>