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  • This week's picks for London architecture and design events

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    As we hit the quietest part of the year in the architecture and design diaries, take this opportunity to visit all of the ongoing works before they close at the end of the summer. It is also essential to look ahead to September and book place for Open House London. Below is a round up of our favourite exhibitions and showcases.

    Check back regularly to keep up to date with London's latest happenings and our weekly recommendations!

  • Christopher Hawthorne reviews LA's newly opened USC Village development: "Equal parts Disneyland and Hogwarts"

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    At a ceremony last week to mark the opening of the $700-million USC Village, C.L. Max Nikias, the university’s president, spoke at some length about the architecture of the new complex and what he called “USC’s extraordinary physical metamorphosis” in recent years. [...] Then came his ringing conclusion: “And let’s always remember, the looks of the University Village give us 1,000 years of history we don’t have. Thank you, and fight on!”

    "Even delivered in a vacuum it would have been a remarkable statement," Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne remarks. "The president of the leading private university in Los Angeles taking up, as a rhetorical cudgel, one of the laziest clichés about the city, that it has no history to call its own."

  • Montgomery, Alabama plans a memorial to the 4,000+ victims of lynchings throughout the U.S.

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    Slated to open in 2018, the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama will seek to tell the truth. Six acres of land owned by the Equal Justice Initiative—the legal services nonprofit Stevenson founded in 1989—will memorialize the more than 4,000 victims of what Stevenson calls racial terror lynching in the American South between 1877 and 1950. A nearby museum will tell the history of slavery, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration as a single narrative.

    Designed by MASS Design Group—which has previously worked on the Kigali Genocide Memorial—the memorial stems from a comprehensive report on lynchings released in 2015 by the Equal Justice Initiative. The memorial will feature six-foot columns, each representing counties where lynchings took place. For each column, a duplicate will be placed in the surrounding courtyard and eventually relocated to their respective counties as they directly confront their part in this history. 

  • The Lamar Station Classroom in Colorado offers locals a space for urban-farming education

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    Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the Lamar Station Classroom is a communal outdoor classroom for teaching residents about urban farming, while also providing space for environmental education and youth programs. Designed by Denver-based ColoradoBuildingWorkshop, and Fort Collins-based Structuralist as structural engineer, the project won a merit award in the AISC's 2017 IDEAS2 Awards. Other winning projects included NBBJ's Samsung American HQ and the Eric Owen Moss-designed Pterodactyl Office.

  • Teams led by AL_A, Selldorf Architects, Purcell among shortlisted for Clandon Park restoration

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    After the 18th-century Clandon Park Palladian house in Surrey suffered a devastating fire in 2015, the path to its restoration is just beginning. The National Trust, who owns the historic property, and Malcolm Reading Consultants jointly launched an international competition this past March to ultimately find the multi-disciplinary design team who will be in charge of restoring the project. Six shortlisted architect-led teams were then invited to produce their own reinterpretations of reimagining Clandon Park, which you can check out below.

    In designing their proposals, teams had to focus on creating a careful and accurate restoration, making use of salvaged materials, and introducing more modern spaces and technology where appropriate. The shortlisted concepts will also be on display at Clandon Park starting August 23.

    AL_A and Giles Quarme & Associates with Arup and GROSS.MAX

  • 'The New Urban Crisis' as Richard Florida's mea culpa

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    After fifteen years of development plans tailored to the creative classes, Florida surveys an urban landscape in ruins. The story of London is the story of Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Sydney. When the rich, the young, and the (mostly) white rediscovered the city, they created rampant property speculation, soaring home prices, and mass displacement. The “creative class” were just the rich all along, or at least the college-educated children of the rich.

    Richard Frorida's latest book, The New Urban Crisis, represents the culmination of this long mea culpa. Though he stops just short of saying it, he all but admits that he was wrong. He argues that the creative classes have grabbed hold of many of the world’s great cities and choked them to death. As a result, the fifty largest metropolitan areas house just 7 percent of the world’s population but generate 40 percent of its growth. These “superstar” cities are becoming gated communities, their vibrancy replaced with deracinated streets full of Airbnbs and empty summer homes. Meanwhile, drug addiction and gang violence have spread to the suburbs. “Much more than a crisis of cities,” he writes, “the New Urban Crisis is the central crisis of our time” — “a crisis of the suburbs, of urbanization itself and of contemporary capitalism writ large.”

    The author offers both—specific solutions like more affordable housing, more investment in infrastructure, and higher pay for service jobs—and va...

  • Pritzker winner Thom Mayne among 17 members of President's Arts Council that resigned in protest

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    All 17 members of a White House advisory panel on the arts and humanities resigned en masse Friday in response to President Trump's divisive comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va. The move follows the mass exodus of major business CEOs who quit two White House panels this week to protest the president's response to last weekend's clashes between far-right groups and counter-protesters.

    Last week as multiple CEO's began quitting both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest of Trump's response to Charlottesville, Trump has decided to not move forward with the Council on Infrastructure. On Friday, the entire Arts Committee resigned over the same issue. To drive home the point, the members spelled out the word "resist" with the first letter of the six paragraphs that make up the memo.

    “Supremacy, discrimination, and vitriol are not American values,” the committee members wrote in a letter announcing their resignation. “Your values are not American values. We must be better than this. We are better than this. If this is not clear to you, then we call on you to resign your office, too.” 

    The arts commission was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, and while mostly ceremonial, it works to advise the president on cultural policy and funding initiatives. 

  • Fighting urban heat with cool pavement in Los Angeles

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    It’s known as the “urban heat island effect,” and it refers to the pockets of intense heat captured by the concrete, asphalt, dark roofs and the dearth of foliage that define many American cityscapes. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to reduce the city’s average temperature by 3 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 20 years.

    Los Angeles is the first U.S. city to test cool pavement to fight urban heat, coating streets in a special gray paint known as CoolSeal, that can lower the temperature as much as 10 degrees. The officials say that the hope is that cooler streets will lead to cooler neighborhoods, less air conditioning use and fewer heat-related deaths. 

    Los Angeles is one of the only cities in the nation that experiences heat-related deaths in the winter, a phenomenon expected to worsen alongside temperatures. “Not everyone has the resources to use air conditioning, so there’s concern that some low-income families will suffer,” says Alan Barreca, an environmental science professor at the UCLA. “That bothers me on a moral dimension. The pavement would provide benefits to everyone. “It can protect people who have to be outdoors,” he added. 

    The coating costs about $40,000 per mile and lasts seven years, officials said. To determine whether CoolSeal is cost-effective and how it influences drivers, Spot...

  • Beijing-Based Rocker-Turned-Architect Cao Pu Sees Architects as Social Workers

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    Originally part of an electric-rock band, Chinese architect Cao Pu began his architectural career doing stage design for his musical group. Today, his studio remains small with a focus on conversion and community revival projects and his designs demonstrate a talent for working within small spaces and low budgets. 

    For this week's iteration of Small Studio Snaphshots, we talk with the musician-turned-architect about involving clients in his process, designing "in the gap," and architecture as a form of social work. 

  • The Return of the Master Builder?

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    Following the Grenfell Tower disaster, Marc Vlessing, CEO of London residential developer Pocket, was speaking at a NLA Sounding Board meeting. Dutch-born Vlessing stated that for an objective view of such issues he often turned to the European press. Newspapers in Germany and the Netherlands, he said, immediately suggested that the cause of the tragic fire lay in the tendency of the UK construction industry to continually sub-contract risk.

  • Eclipse 2017!

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    So who's going, and to where, and what are you using to view it?

    I'll be at work tomorrow but plan to go into the parking lot at 2:30 with a pinhole box over my head, like this:

    (You guys, I'ma 50yo woman. My concerns about looking dorky are zero.)

    Don't worry about the $700M in "lost productivity" that the economic theorists are yapping about. The moment of totality, both physical and spiritual, will make you feel good, which will make you more productive in better ways.  

    Enjoy the show, and the moment of the whole country saying "Whoa!" together but for a good reason - SCIENCE!

  • Pezo von Ellrichshausen + artist Felice Varini to design steel-column installation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017

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    Out of 18 competitive teams, Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini were chosen to design a temporary public art installation for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in Hull, England. Their winning proposal, “A Hall for Hull”, features 16 perforated, galvanized-steel columns, which will be specifically arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minster to highlight the symmetry of the church's facade. 

    Visitors can occupy any of the 6-meter-tall columns to experience various lighting conditions created from the perforations. The rigid geometry of the installation will be carefully distorted by the artwork of Felice Varini, who's known for his playfully mind-bending art installations.

  • After nixing two other business groups, Trump abandons plans for Council on Infrastructure

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    The infrastructure council, which was still being formed, would have advised Trump on his plan to spend as much as $1 trillion upgrading roads, bridges and other public works. Its cancellation follows Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he was disbanding two other business advisory panels.

    After multiple CEO's began quitting both the American Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum in protest of Trump's response to Charlottesville, the 45th President has decided to not move forward with the Council on Infrastructure, still in the process of being formed. The council was to have 15 members across real estate, finance, and labor sectors that would advise the President on the funding, support and delivery of infrastructure projects. The announcement of its abandonment comes on the heels of an executive order that would expedite reviewing and permitting processes on major construction projects.

    Fixing the country's crumbling infrastructure has been one of the key promises coming out of Trump's Presidential campaign. Some may remember his odd citing during a Presidential debate of LAX as an example of the United States' "third-world" infrastructure. While stated with the comically brash impulsiveness number 45 has become known for, America's deteriorating ...

  • Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for seventh consecutive year

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    Melbourne, Australia has been ranked as the most “liveable” city in the world for the seventh consecutive year by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU’s benchmark annual report titled “The Global Liveability Report 2017,” ranks 140 cities in order of best living conditions. Melbourne’s 97.5 score is down to perfect assessments in health care, education, and infrastructure, as well as hitting over 95 in stability, and culture and environment.

    As in previous years, the top 10 list is mostly comprised of major cities in Australia and Canada, while Vienna — once again — barely misses the first spot by 0.1 percentage points overall. Auckland, Helsinki, and Hamburg manage to claim some coveted spots at the top for their respective countries. 

    The world's top cities for liveability in 2017 are:

    1. Melbourne, Australia
    2. Vienna, Austria
    3. Vancouver, Canada
    4. Toronto, Canada
    5. Calgary, Canada
    6. Adelaide, Australia
    7. Perth, Australia
    8. Auckland, New Zealand
    9. Helsinki, Finland
    10. Hamburg, Germany
  • Ten Top Images on Archinect's "Stairs" Pinterest Board

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    In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles.

    (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)

    Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Stairs.

    MOUNTAIN:house in Barlett, NH by INTERSTICE Architects; Photo: Greg Pemru

    Project Floor Area Ratio Game in Ulsan, South Korea by On Architecture INC.; Photo: Joonhwan Yoon

    BSA I SPACE I in Boston, MA by Höweler + Yoon; Photo: Andy Ryan

    Small House in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by atelier tho.A

    PRESTON in Venice, CA by OBERMEYER

    Mulberry House in New York, NY by SHoP Architects

    MEK House in Memphis, TN by archimania

    Bulgaria 533 in Mexico City by Dellekamp Arquitectos; Photo: Sandra Pereznieto

    Caroline's Place in London, UK by Amin Taha Groupwork

    Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pintere...

  • Denmark may soon have its own remotely located tall tower in new mixed-use HQ, designed by Dorte Mandrup

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    Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter was appointed as advisor and architect for the new mixed-use headquarters of fashion company Bestseller in Brande, Denmark. Located in the company's hometown of Brande, the project will accommodate retail spaces for up to 30 shops, areas for offices, education, and public events, and even hotel facilities for traveling business guests.

    Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

    But the centerpiece of the mixed-use will be a slender tower that Bestseller says will stand at over 200 meters tall. (Anyone else thinking about Morphosis' proposed 381-meter luxury hotel tower in Vals?) More architectural details about the tower are yet to be released. But with Dorte Mandrup's current renderings, the tower will surely stick out in the small railway town of Brande (Population: 7,065 as of 2014). The architects say the building will be Denmark's tallest tower, once built.

    Courtesy of Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter.

    According to project leader Anders Krogh Vogdrup, the mixed-use pr...

  • RESIDENTIAL by SHED Architecture and Design

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    Our origins as a design-build firm continue to inspire and inform our design process, as we seek solutions that embody the qualities of economy, beauty and craft. We take on both large and small projects, and are always looking for new design challenges and opportunities.

  • UK researchers create solar generating glass bricks

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    Facades using the product, called Solar Squared, will be able to generate electricity while allowing greater amounts of daylight. The blocks also provide improved thermal insulation, developers say. Solar Squared’s design consists of an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on small-sized solar cells. These are incorporated within the glass bricks during manufacture and they collect diffuse components of sunlight, making it useful for capturing solar energy in urban areas.

    Academics from the Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science department of England's University of Exter have developed a solar power technology that fits into glass bricks. Its modular design is scalable, allowing for flexible structural integration. We now have the capability to build integrated, affordable, efficient, and attractive solar technologies as part of the building's architecture, in places where energy demand is highest, whilst having minimal impact on the landscape and on quality of life.

    The team is currently looking for test sites to demonstrate the effectiveness and potential of Solar Squared and seeking investment for their new start up. For more information visit Build Solar's website.

  • ReACH, AIA Houston and the Houston Architecture Center Foundation's new home

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    After a three-year search that included more than 30 potential sites, the American Institute of Architects Houston Chapter selected the 1906 Riesner Building, to be the home of Architecture Center Houston, which is expected to open in mid-September. Originally, the three-story Riesner Building was a typical commercial building for its time, complete with double French doors facing the street.

    The winning entry for the 'Re-Imagine Architecture Center Houston' competition, designed by Murphy Mears Architects, proposed to devote the first floor of ReACH to flexible office and meeting space, restore the original brick and openings in the West façade, and re-purpose the Boiler Room for events, exhibition. 

    West facade elevation. Image courtesy of Murphy Meyers Architects

    Rendering of the interior. Image courtesy of Murphy Mears Architects

    The city can look forward to bigger and better exhibits in the Architecture Center. Past offerings have featured Women in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Stage Design, Environmental Graphics and the work of talented local artists and craftsmen. 

  • These are the 2017 AIA Los Angeles Chapter Presidential Honorees

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    Every year, the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter recognizes individuals, firms, practitioners, and advocates that demonstrate the transformative nature of architecture. The Presidential Honoree program, as it is called, distinguishes those whose passion, talent, and dedication has made an undeniable contribution, improving upon the region, city, community and lives of residents in Los Angeles. This year, the program honors a life long builder whose beginnings include collaboration with the esteemed Lois Kahn, a developer who is redefining how Angelenos view supportive housing, a writer who communicates her passion for the design process to deepen the public’s understanding of architecture, among many others. 

    AIA|LA President, Douglas Teiger spoke of this year's awards, noting that "we bestow the 2017 AIA|LA Presidential Honoree awards at time when some of the region’s most pressing challenges call on the role of the architect. This year’s recipients demonstrate o...

  • New images of world's next tallest tower, Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower

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    Building within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbour complex, Emaar is looking to eclipse its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure since 2010. To do so has required laying 236ft deep foundation piles—a world record—set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. When completed, the 3,045ft tower will best the Burj by a massive 322ft.

    The Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings joint venture is inspired by the lily flower and mosque minarets, say its developers, and will feature a 68-mile array of supporting cables. Swiss-Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has designed a 360-degree observation deck and a capacious Hanging Gardens of Babylon-style floor into the structure, with views over the nearby Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

    With the new tower, the developer is looking to beat the record height of its most famous creation the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure since 2010, by 322 feet. Located within the 2.3 square-mile Dubai Creek Harbor complex, the Dubai Creek Tower required the deepest foundation piles ever made—set to be capped with 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete. 

    Image courtesy of Emaar Properties

    An image from Emaar Properties dated August 13 shows workers constructing the pile cap frame on to which 1.59 million cubic feet of concrete will be poured.
  • Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #147

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    Looking for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our FacebookEmployer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work.

    In case you missed them, here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms.

    1. Selldorf Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Controller

    Photo © Jason Schmidt. Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

    2. Goettsch Partners (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Architect/Junior Architect in China

    Image credit: Goettsch Partners.

    3. Lang Architecture (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Development and Construction Manager

    Photo courtesy of Lang Architecture.

    4. Sidell Pakravan Architects (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Project Designer

    Image credit: Sidell Pakravan Architects.

    5. The University of Sydney (Facebook feature)
    Currently hiring: Multiple listings

    Project credit: Alasdair Mot...
  • Ball-Nogues Studio revives public space at Cedars Sinai hospital with their "Healing Pavilion"

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    It's rare that underused structures in Los Angeles get a second chance at life, with most developers opting for the wrecking ball instead of an innovative redesign. In the case of an underused public terrace at the Max Factor Building at Cedars Sinai, Ball-Nogues Studio (who spoke to Archinect about this design at the Arroyo Seco Festival) has transformed the space into a destination spot with their signature blend of eye-catching aesthetics and nuanced materialism in the form of the "Healing Pavilion."

  • First look at Rafael Viñoly's tower for Ritz Carlton NYC

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    EB-5 filings show that Ritz-Carlton New York has plans to build the “Ritz-Carlton New York (Madison Park)” at Broadway and East 28th Street. Building permits filed in January 2016 call for a 40-floor, 580-foot tall tower designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, which will contain 164 units, several eating/drinking establishments, a club lounge on the 29th floor and a rooftop bar on the 32nd.

    Viñoly's leafy design will join "hotel row" where one can already find the Ace, Nomad, and Flatiron hotels. A Virgin Hotel expected to open in 2019.

  • Cuomo releases new renderings of Moynihan Station as major construction gets underway

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    At a press conference this morning in the under-construction space, Governor Cuomo announced that major work has begun on transforming the James A. Farley Building into the state-of-the-art, 225,000-square-foot Moynihan Train Hall. Along with the news that the $1.6 billion project will create 12,000+ construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs, come new renderings of the station, showing more exterior views and looks at the 700,000-square-foot shopping and dining concourse.

    Via office of Governor Cuomo

    Via office of Governor Cuomo

    Via office of Governor Cuomo

    Via office of Governor Cuomo
    Via office of Governor Cuomo
  • Every City Needs a Crank; A conversation with architecture critic Inga Saffron

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    This week we're joined by Inga Saffron, the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. If you haven't read her latest piece on Henry Wilcots, the relatively unknown architect responsible for finishing Louis Kahn's masterpiece in Dhaka, go read it now. We talk with Inga about her experience meeting with Wilcots, architecture criticism pre and post-internet, Philadelphia and more.

    Photo from 1970 of Wilcots and Kahn discussing the roof structure of the National Assembly building in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Listen to "Every City Needs a Crank":

  • Where should Confederate monuments go when, and if, they are taken down?

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    “You can argue that any sculpture is art in some way, but it’s a loose argument,” Schoonmaker said Tuesday. “I don’t know that these statues are worthy of preservation as art objects so much as historical objects – made to preserve a lost cause, a lost war. They weren’t made with great artistic intent, but with political intent. And intent matters in this case.”

    With the tragic events occurring in Charlottesville, much ink has been spilled over the topic of Confederate memorials: Should we keep them? Should we take them down? Is keeping them up a celebration of slavery and is taking them down erasing an important part of our past that we must face?

    With so much attention given to the particular statue of Robert E. Lee that caused the alt-right to riot in Virginia, it might be a surprise that a number of confederate monuments have been taken down in recent years with much less bloodshed. In May, another statue of the Confederate general was hoisted away in New Orleans amongst a cheering crowd of onlookers and a number of cities across the country have had plans in the works to take down monuments commemorating leaders of the Confederacy. With the events that occurred over the weekend, many of these cities are looking to expedite the process—the Mayor of Baltimore even had all Confederate statues dismantled overnight. 

    This begs the question ...

  • Considering the downsides of Smart Home technologies

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    Essey is an engineer at Uber and an early adopter of the Internet of things. He can control his lights with his Amazon Echo or an array of touchpad sensors he has installed throughout the home. Sensors tell him when there's water in the basement or a leak under the sink. While Essey's setup might sound a little like science fiction, it's a prototype of the future. Some critics are worried these devices won't be secure and that companies will use them to spy on us to make money.

    As the Internet of things becomes more ingrained in our daily lives, some people are turning ordinary homes into smart homes. One way of doing that is by integrating smart appliances (dishwasher, fridges, microwaves, toasters, etc). That strategy, however, can be expensive and not very efficient, since most of the devices are costly and often are not smart enough to communicate with each other, especially if produced by different manufacturers.

    The other way is to get sensors, and put them on everything you want to monitor. "But then those get really unwieldy and you've got all these things sticking around and they look ugly and socially obtrusive," Gierad Laput, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University says. Laput and his team, in fact, built such a sensor. When plugged into the wall, the 2-inch-square circuit board senses about a dozen different facets of its environment: vibrations, sounds, light color and so on. The sensor communicates wirelessly with a computer, which inte...

  • Seventeen semi-finalists for 2017 Fuller Challenge announced

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    The competition pool is narrowing down for the 2017 Fuller Challenge, which is now in its 10th year. Today, the Buckminster Fuller Institute announced 17 semi-finalist projects who still have a chance to win the grand prize to support their mission. The renowned competition seeks the most innovative “whole systems” design projects that simultaneously address dire issues in a broad range of domains, including architecture, community planning, education, public health, economic development, environmental and social justice, and more. Last week, the first Catalyst Program project selections were revealed.

    Chosen out of more than 460 submissions from around the world, the semi-finalist projects went through a rigorous four-month evaluation period by the Challenge Review Committee. 

    “These Semifinalists were drawn from a truly exceptional pool of initiatives,” Fuller Challenge Founding Director Elizabeth Thompson said in a statement. “We were very gratified — having been at this for ten ye...

  • Construction on first major phase of Freshkills Park to begin soon

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    "The effort to turn Fresh Kills Landfill into a verdant and vibrant destination for wildlife and outdoor recreation received a huge boost on Monday as the city awarded a $22.9 million contract for the construction of the first major section of Freshkills Park."

    Lomma Construction Corp. will lead works on the first 21 acres of the North Park. The area will be kept largely natural with simple additions including a seven-acre seed farm, an observation tower for birdwatching, a picnic lawn, composting restrooms, a waterfront overlook deck, a bicycle repair station, a forested plateau, bike/pedestrian pathways, and limited parking for visitors. James Corner Field Operations is responsible for the master plan of the park.