• Archive for: January, 2017

    The energy efficiency of a building depends on the energy expended to ensure the energy needs of its occupants (domestic hot water, air conditioning, etc.). The greater the energy efficiency, the less energy is spent. Karim Beddiar, head of research and innovation at the CESI Group, has published the book Intelligent...

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    “The stories down here are incredible,” Paul Sehnert, director of development management for Pennovation Center, told ArchiExpo e-magazine before a guided tour of the building. “[One innovator is working on] genetically engineered lettuce to be used as a drug delivery system. It could change human history. This is not...

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    ZGF Architects is a hot name these days after being recognized at the top of the 2016 “Architect 50,” Architect Magazine‘s top 50 list of architecture firms. The award is evaluated based on three categories: business, design and sustainability. Along with its position for overall competency, the firm topped the list...

    OpenVSP is a parametric aircraft geometry tool that allows users to create a 3-D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis. Beginning in the early 1990s, J.R. Gloudemans and others developed for NASA what we now know as the...

    Aircraft Design Software (ADS) offers a way to make a complete conceptual design of a single or multi engine aircraft of different sizes, from the small UAV to the light commuter aircraft. It was developed 20 years ago by Didier Breyne, founder and managing director of OAD, but first put on the market in 2009. It’s...

    Keynote speaker Patrik Schumacher, director at Zaha Hadid Architects, stirred up quite an ordeal with his ideas on housing during last year’s World Architecture Festival, which ran November 16-18. The festival, which is a kind of global melting pot for architecture and design professionals, celebrated a theme of...

    For many Mexicans, news that Mexico City is finally building itself a new airport is long overdue. Official figures showed that over a third of all domestic flights that route through the city’s current international airport were late in the first half of 2016, largely because the outdated facility is struggling to...

    Chicago-based architecture firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill is spearheading one of the globe’s most significant projects to date: The Jeddah Tower (formerly known as the Kingdom Tower). Set for 2017, the construction is planned to be the tallest building worldwide, reaching 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) with a surface...

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    In early September, a mass of camping tents cluttered Place Stalingrad in Paris, providing shoddy shelter for hundreds of newly arrived refugees with nowhere else to go. In this urgent situation, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo called for construction of two refugee centers. The city commissioned architect Julien Beller to...

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