Pictured: Science Museum in London (Mimi Garcia via Unsplash)

Startups are riding the tech wave to build the future of the AEC industry

AN speaks with Jesse Devitte, co-founder of Borealis Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm geared toward the AEC industry, about the new wave of startups in the industry. By Robert Nieminen There’s a perfect storm brewing in the AEC industry with respect to technology,...
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Miami Beach rising seas strategy needs more solutions: ULI panel

City needs to build taller seawalls, use green and open spaces for their sponge-like function By Francisco Alvarado To combat rising seas, Miami Beach needs to build taller seawalls throughout the island, use green spaces to sponge off water, and should consider commissioning art...
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What role do architects have in a driverless future? A healthy transit mix that includes cycling and walking alongside driverless cars would allow neighborhoods to reclaim and infill the even the busiest avenues. (Courtesy KPF)

What role do architects have in a driverless future?

AN probes the good, the bad, and the ugly in contemplating the future of driverless cars. By Jonathan Hilburg The rise of autonomous vehicles (AVs) is inevitable and—depending on who you ask—they’ll either eliminate car crashes and save the environment, or muscle out pedestrians...
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Mark Foster Gage in the SCI-Arc gallery. (Courtesy Geothermal Futures Laboratory)

SCI-Arc show postulates a fictional energy future, but doesn’t go far enough

In “Geothermal Futures Lab” at SCI-Arc, Mark Foster Gage Architects comments on the renewed license architects have to design for speculative futures in an era of “fake news,” with mixed results. By Antonio Pacheco In a recent installation at the Southern...
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Elon Musk does a 180 on mass transit and makes rapid buses his first priority. A still from Musk's video showing the revised Hyperloop bus-pod. (Courtesy Elon Musk)

Elon Musk does a 180 on mass transit and makes rapid buses his first priority

Elon Musk has decided that The Boring Company and future Hyperloops will focus on moving people over cars. By Jonathan Hilburg The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s Hyperloop tunnel-digging side company, may have a new mission after Musk claimed that he would be shifting towards...
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UNSense will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter, for projects such as UNStudio's Future Farms concept

A new tech startup aims to drag architecture into iPhone age

Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched UNSense, a startup that will develop technologies to make buildings healthier and cities smarter. Marcus Fairs Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio has launched UNSense, a startup that will develop technologies to make...
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Five top women in world architecture: ‘Now is our time’

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018… Leading architects explain what it will take to break down barriers — from the classroom to the boardroom — for women in architecture. Written by Matthew Ponsford, CNN As long as there have been cities,...
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This Week in Tech: Virgin Hyperloop One Releases Pod Prototypes

Plus, Studio Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Tower opens in Poland, Paris tackles urban air pollution with a forest five times the size of Central Park, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu As part of UAE Innovation Month, Virgin Hyperloop One and the...
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A stay at hotel pods currently under fabrication will cost “in the low eight figures.” Courtesy of Bigelow Space Operations

You could stay in a space hotel pod by 2021

The final frontier of hotel rooms By Megan Barber Earthlings may soon be able to book reservations at an inflatable space hotel by 2021. According to a conference call on Tuesday, billionaire hotel mogul Robert Bigelow—who made his fortune through the hotel chain Budget Suites of...
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Why Architecture?… How can architecture attract more interest?

Recent statistics show that the number of young people choosing architecture school is declining. What can be done? By Mimi Kirk for AIA Architect While the profession of architecture has rebounded since the 2008 recession, with plentiful postings on job boards, the number of...
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