Christopher Payne photographs terra-cotta fabrication at Gladding, McBean

Twelve years ago, a reservoir called Folsom Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Sacramento, dried up. On the drought-cracked bottom lay a clay pipe, submerged since 1955, when the reservoir was built. That pipe, like most that run below cities like Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, was made by Gladding, McBean, a terra-cotta manufacturer

Netanyahu unveils regional plan for “free trade zone” with trains to NEOM

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office recently released a PowerPoint that gives a glimpse into what the Likud Party has in mind for Gaza’s future, and the Levant region at large. On May 3, Netanyahu unveiled Gaza 2035: A three-step master plan to build what he calls the “Gaza-Arish-Sderot Free Trade Zone.” The plan was

Silicosis is the subject of new regulations and changing sentiments

Engineered stone is often hailed as a wonder material. It’s cheap, durable, recyclable, and attractive. But it’s also killing people, according to medical researchers and public health officials around the world. They’re linking a surge in severe cases of silicosis, a progressive and incurable lung disease, to the material’s growing popularity. Silicosis is one of

Geo-Fantasies elicits questions about carbon capture

Geo-Fantasies: A Space Race on Planet Earth Citygroup 104b Forsyth Street New York Through June 16 Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post <em>Geo-Fantasies</em> at Citygroup peels back the layers of the carbon capture industry appeared first on The Architect’s Newspaper.

Cargill debuts wind-powered ocean liner with WindWings®

Modern architecture and ocean liners are close cousins, if not immediate siblings. A revolution in one discipline tends to signal that change is coming for the other. Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post Cargill debuts the world’s first ever wind-powered ocean liner with WindWings® appeared first on The Architect’s Newspaper.

The International Mass Timber Conference promotes community

The spirit of mass timber is the ethos of Portland; there’s no better place for this conference than the City of Roses. For the eighth year in a row, the world’s largest gathering of mass timber experts and stakeholders assembled for the 2024 International Mass Timber Conference (IMTC) at the Oregon Convention Center. Pre-conference events

Electric charging roads for EVs might just be the next new thing

Believe it or not before the proliferation of the gasoline powered car, electric vehicles (EV) were the norm. The first crude EV was introduced in 1832 by Robert Anderson, and became widely popular before the  Model T in 1908. EVs saw a resurgence in the 1990’s, became a stereotype vehicle for environmentalists, and now after

HGA is transforming a former gravel quarry into a biotech campus

Well before Herman Melville penned Moby Dick, seaside towns along the Massachusetts shoreline from Gloucester to New Bedford have provided kitchens with lobster, salmon, pike, bass, and other produce. Just south of Gloucester is Manchester-by-the-Sea, an old blue-collar town whose economy lives and dies by the fishing industry. Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The

Design for Freedom holds its third annual summit

Design for Freedom held its annual summit this week at Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut. There, architects, business leaders, engineers, students, construction experts, techies, and other professionals coalesced in the bucolic setting by SANAA to discuss ending forced labor in the global construction industry.  Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post How can

The Portal to connect New Yorkers and Dubliners through sculpture

It seems to be out of a movie to have a window looking out into distant locations to greet foreign social circles and cultures. The Portal, a public technology sculpture arriving in New York City and Dublin this spring, is set to make this cinematic fantasy into a reality. Serving as a visual bridge, the

The Sphere in Las Vegas launches a Student Design Challenge

“Sphere is more than a venue,” said Jim Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of Sphere Entertainment and MSG Entertainment. Since the bright, titanic-sized ball in landed in the middle of Las Vegas last summer, the graphics emblazoned on its exterior and the stunts that followed have captured the public’s attention. Its cool eye-catching visual designs

OpenAI’s Sora will advance renderings with a cinematic depth

Unlike the NFT craze of 2020, a fire that burnt out quite quickly, it seems like the rage centering AI’s world takeover, a similarly feared practice, has become accepted and less scary, at least for now. OpenAI, one of the largest software companies for text-to-image AI, is now readying to launch Sora, an AI program

Frank Lloyd Wright’s paper architecture comes to life at the Westmoreland

Fallingwater is one of his most notable buildings, but there’s a good chance you don’t know the other half of Frank Lloyd Wright’s oeuvre. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania, hosted at the Westmoreland Museum of Art, explores both realized works and paper architecture, including a residential highrise, a parking garage, and the white elephant of

Zahner’s ImageLines produces painting-like perforations on metal

Perforating any metal object adds both visual interest and texture. A new offering from A. Zahner Company allows architects and designers to detail metal panels for facades, walls, signage, and other building applications with a perforation style that renders a painting-like appearance. Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post Zahner’s ImageLines produces painting-like perforations

The show-stopping interiors of Las Vegas’s Sphere are revealed

It’s hard to pinpoint the Las Vegas Sphere’s main attraction. Is it the headline performances in its 17,600-seat auditorium, its glowing exoskeleton, or its recently unveiled, almost supernatural interiors? In addition to its outdoor surface totaling 580,00 square feet of glowing illumination, 300,000 square feet of interior space was outfitted to match suit. ICRAVE, a

Antoine Bertin’s installation for SFER IK listens in on bats

In the midst of the Mayan Jungle in Mexico, French artist Antoine Bertin is set to develop an AI-integrated installation The Bat Cloud that serves as a bat habitat and a public listening space for exploring bat language through artificial intelligence. The installation was the winning submission to an open-call from AZULIK and interdisciplinary arts

ACADIA offered presentations on bioengineering, craft, and information

Habits of the Anthropocene ACADIA 2023 University of Colorado Denver October 21–28 Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post ACADIA’s <em>Habits of the Anthropocene</em> offered imaginative presentations on bioengineering, craft, and information appeared first on The Architect’s Newspaper.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejects Populous-designed Sphere

You get a sphere! You may get a sphere! You don’t get a sphere… A ruling yesterday from London mayor Sadiq Khan may have confirmed the fate of London’s version of a Populous-designed Sphere: Decision refused. Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post London Mayor Sadiq Khan rejects planning application for Populous-designed Sphere in Stratford

USDA rolls out 2023 Plant Hardiness Zone Map

This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an updated version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM)—a datum used by gardeners and farmers to determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a given location. Today, approximately 80 million growers in the United States and its “territories” depend on PHZM to help

West Hollywood could get an LED orb on Sunset Boulevard

“Bill-ding Boards”—a term coined by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown in their 1984 book A View from the Campidoglio—are very in these days. A Bill-ding Board is what it sounds like: a building whose facade effectively functions as a billboard (building + billboard=Bill-ding Board), typically sited on a major thoroughfare or prominent public space. The Sphere

A visitor center is planned for Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome home

Buckminster Fuller debuted his geodesic dome concept at the 1954 Milan Triennale as a large cardboard model. The showcase turned into a career-long examination of spherical housing prototypes and energy efficient building methods. Fuller eventually resided in one of his realized designs for several years. Today, the nonprofit that runs “Bucky Dome,” Fuller’s residence from

AN asked DALL·E to realize Halloween houses by architects

Happy Halloween! To celebrate spooky season AN editors have asked text-to-image generator DALL·E to design Halloween-themed houses by famous architects, in true DALL·E fashion some of the results are nightmarish reproductions of recognizable architectural styles, while others are more subdued structures with an assortment of jack-o-lanterns on the front lawn and an orange glow beaming

The Sphere opens in Las Vegas. What does it mean for architecture?

An early episode of SpongeBob SquarePants contained a particularly moving scene. Upon seeing Patrick Star approached by the dangerous Man Ray, a villain who had kidnapped Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, our hero calls out, “Not so fast, archvillain. We still have the Orb of Confusion!” The Orb of Confusion was a simple blue glass

What the Bernheimer Architecture Union learned from UTOPIA

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Ways to reduce emissions in the manufacturing of building materials

Greenhouse gas emissions fuel global warming. How can we accurately reduce them? Measurements are a good place to start, and we currently track them across three distinct scopes: (1) direct emissions; (2) indirect, owned emissions; and (3) all other indirect emissions, upstream and downstream. It’s often not an expertise that companies possess internally, so a

TECH+ will return to New York City on October 27

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Unpacking what it means to design safe shade

AGENCY Architecture is located in El Paso, Texas, and our work has focused largely on ideas that shape our border-adjacent desert context, with a particular sensitivity to social issues, ecological instability, and resource depletion. Current work is looking at the Chihuahuan Desert—a unique and uniquely challenged binational territory that crosses the U.S.-Mexico border. Here, climate

Olivier Campagne turns his expert eye to Midjourney

Olivier Campagne operates a digital-image studio in Paris. Educated as an architect, he has spent decades making renderings. Recently, he began creating AI images using Midjourney and posting them on a dedicated Instagram account, @oliver_country. The images advance the architectural imagination he’s been exploring in commissions from European architects like Bruther, Baukunst, and Arrhov Frick.

At MAK in Vienna, /imagine resuscitates an early-internet optimism

/imagine: A Journey into The New Virtual MAK Exhibition Hall Vienna Continue reading on The Architect’s Newspaper The post At MAK in Vienna, <em>/imagine</em> resuscitates an early-internet optimism appeared first on The Architect’s Newspaper.