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Ugly or Beautiful? The Housing Blocks Communism Left Behind
Zupagrafika's new book captures modernist and brutalist architecture in Germany, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia.
Picture a suburb and you probably imagine cookie-cutter houses with two-car garages and over-fertilized lawns. But in formerly communist countries, they look a little different. Think towering apartment blocks, prefabricated concrete panels, and loads of gray… [+2191 chars]
Laura Mallonee
2019-08-06 14:00:00




Could Architecture Help You Live Forever?
For a pair of avant-garde artists, eternal life wasn’t just a dream — it was a possibility. As long, that is, as you were committed to an uncomfortable existence.
The study room, a bright yellow sphere, has the reverberating acoustics of a concert hall. All the apartments consist of largely the same components, configured differently, and some residents have chosen to leave the study empty, naked in its novelty; others… [+3680 chars]
Marie Doezema
2019-08-20 23:04:25




Using AI, and Film, to Track Tear Gas Use Against Civilians
Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras teamed up with a London nonprofit developing machine learning tools to identify lethal weapons in online videos.
Filmmaker Laura Poitras Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour centers on the pale, calm face of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden holed up in a plain Hong Kong hotel room. Her latest star is even more impassivean aluminum tear gas grenadebut seen… [+6827 chars]
Tom Simonite
2019-07-25 11:00:00




Darren Bechtel (yes, of those Bechtels) has raised $97.5 million for his firm, Brick & Mortar Ventures
Brick & Mortar Ventures, a young, San Francisco-based venture firm that’s focused on startups innovating in or around architecture, engineering, construction, and facilities management, has closed with $97.2 million in capital commitments. The fund is one in …
Brick & Mortar Ventures, a young, San Francisco-based venture firm that’s focused on startups innovating in or around architecture, engineering, construction, and facilities management, has closed with $97.2 million in capital commitments. The fund is on… [+6236 chars]
Connie Loizos
2019-08-13 16:00:46




Seesaws Straddle the Mexico Border, and Smiles Shine Through
The playground equipment was inserted through the steel slats in a section of border wall in Sunland Park, N.M.
In images and videos, children on both sides of the border could be seen playing on three seesaws along a portion of an older section of border wall in Sunland Park, immediately west of New Mexicos border with Texas and sprawling El Paso. In social media post… [+664 chars]
Simon Romero
2019-07-31 18:51:20




Kinetic pavilion unfolds ladybird-like wings to protect those seeking shelter from a storm
Developed by students and researchers at the University of Stuttgart, this ladybird-inspired pavilion moves its 'wings' to adapt to its environment and to its user's needs. Read more about the ITECH Research Demonstrator 2018-19 here. Read more... More about …

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2019-08-06 15:30:30




Tesla's cooking up a new way to wire its cars, report says - Roadshow
A recent patent application shows a new modular wiring architecture broken out in subassemblies and controllers.
Tesla's patent application shows a more robot-friendly means of wiring its vehicles that would reduce the need for human labor. Tesla Tesla has filed a patent application for a new wiring architecture that would make its cars easier for robots to assemble, … [+1416 chars]
Kyle Hyatt
2019-07-23 00:36:23




Testing Made Easier Via Framework Minimalism And Software Architecture
Like many other Android developers, my initial foray into testing on the platform lead me to be immediately confronted with a demoralizing degree of jargon. Further, what few examples I came across at the time (circa 2015) did not present practical use cases …
Like many other Android developers, my initial foray into testing on the platform lead me to be immediately confronted with a demoralizing degree of jargon. Further, what few examples I came across at the time (circa 2015) did not present practical use cases … [+34609 chars]
Ryan Kay
2019-08-22 11:00:59




Become a master in Google Cloud architecture with this training
Company executives typically know two things about the cloud: They need to be on it, and they need it to work smoothly. Which means that if you know your way around Google Cloud, you're going to have employers that want you to lead them through. The Complete …
Company executives typically know two things about the cloud: They need to be on it, and they need it to work smoothly. Which means that if you know your way around Google Cloud, you're going to have employers that want you to lead them through. The Complete… [+2405 chars]
Boing Boing's Shop
2019-08-09 12:00:50




Boeing to change 737 MAX flight-control software to address flaw: sources
Boeing Co plans further changes to the software architecture of the 737 MAX flight-control system to address a flaw discovered after a test in June, two people briefed on the matter said late on Thursday.
WASHINGTON/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co plans further changes to the software architecture of the 737 MAX flight-control system to address a flaw discovered after a test in June, two people briefed on the matter said late on Thursday. The redesign, first r… [+1784 chars]
David Shepardson
2019-08-02 03:01:53




Hostile Architecture
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Hostile architecture is an intentional design strategy that uses elements of the built environment to guide or restrict behaviour in urban space as a form of crime prevention or order maintenance. It often targets people who use or rely on public space more t… [+7231 chars]
Contributors to Wikimedia projects
2019-08-06 03:00:34




The Ribbon Range is a Light + Open Outdoor Furniture Collection
The Ribbon Range – designed by David Harrison for Robert Plumb – offers a visually light, open look that complements modern architecture.
In a departure from the traditional timber aesthetic that Robert Plumb favors, their new line of outdoor furniture the Ribbon Range created in collaboration with David Harrison of Design Daily offers a visually light, open look that complements modern archite… [+1788 chars]
Kelly Beall
2019-08-21 13:00:34




The world’s ugliest architecture gets a stunning makeover
Electrical substations are usually bleak, empty spaces. But Seattle’s latest substation serves as a vibrant public park, complete with walking trails and meeting spaces. Electrical substations aren’t beautiful. These necessary pieces of infrastructure, which …
Electrical substations aren’t beautiful. These necessary pieces of infrastructure, which provide electricity to your home, are usually surrounded by rusting chain-link fence, adorned only with signs warning you to keep out—and for good reason, since they cont… [+7756 chars]
Katharine Schwab
2019-08-08 07:00:21

Definitions of Software Architecture
Software architecture documents the shared understanding of a software system.
As a software architect, I should know what a software architecture actually is. Unfortunately, there is no consens about the definition. This pages serves as a collection with comments. Software architecture refers to the fundamental structures of a soft… [+7730 chars]

2019-08-18 11:59:30




The Unexpectedly Tropical History of Brutalism
Long associated with European cities, the style has plenty of history in other parts of the world, too. In Brazil, it reached a surprising apotheosis.
LIKE MODERNISM BEFORE it, Brutalism ultimately failed to bring about the change it had promised. In India, Nehrus descendants consolidated wealth and power to become an outright political dynasty: Mays re-election of Narendra Modi, a right-wing demagogue, is … [+4214 chars]
Michael Snyder
2019-08-15 22:54:20




Earn Up to $1 Million from Apple's Expanded Bug Bounty Program
Apple’s products have a reputation for being pretty secure, but they’re not perfect. Now, if you’re a great security researcher or white-hat hacker—and you want to go after other Apple devices and services beyond just iOS and iCloud—you can earn a lot of cash…
Apples products have a reputation for being pretty secure, but theyre not perfect. Now, if youre a great security researcher or white-hat hackerand you want to go after other Apple devices and services beyond just iOS and iCloudyou can earn a lot of cash. Iv… [+1889 chars]
Brendan Hesse
2019-08-09 20:30:00




How to Photograph Architecture as Sculpture
The post How to Photograph Architecture as Sculpture appeared first on Digital Photography School. It was authored by Herb Paynter. Architects design buildings based on form as much as functionality. Many of these creative structures serve as works of art as …
A Post By: Herb Paynter Architects design buildings based on form as much as functionality. Many of these creative structures serve as works of art as well as mere brick and mortar buildings. Viewing subjects for their form as well as their function, and cap… [+8996 chars]
Herb Paynter
2019-08-23 10:00:34




Digitizing construction sites with Scaled Robotics
Approximately 20% of construction costs are wrapped up in fixing errors. Barcelona-based Scaled Robotics wants to minimize the rework by automating progress monitoring with autonomous mobile robots. Leveraging lidar and autonomous vehicle technology (similar …
Approximately 20% of construction costs are wrapped up in fixing errors. Barcelona-based Scaled Robotics wants to minimize the rework by automating progress monitoring with autonomous mobile robots.  Leveraging lidar and autonomous vehicle technology (simila… [+1471 chars]
Veanne Cao
2019-08-02 15:32:30




Toward full stack
Find the right clients Earn their attention and trust Identify the problem Find their fear, embrace their objectives Prototype possible solutions Create an architecture that supports your solution to the problem Build a minimum viable solution Test it Program…
Find the right clients Earn their attention and trust Identify the problem Find their fear, embrace their objectives Prototype possible solutions Create an architecture that supports your solution to the problem Build a minimum viable solution Test it … [+212 chars]
Seth Godin
2019-08-15 10:14:22




‘The Woman Looked at Me and Motioned to a Sweatshirt in Her Bag’
A warm offer on a cool train, heading out after Hurricane Sandy and more reader tales of New York City in this week’s Metropolitan Diary.
I kept walking on Broadway until I got to Chambers Street. It was the first time I had seen a significant portion of the downtown area, and the power was still out. I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time that day, too. I remember it being wick… [+838 chars]

2019-08-05 21:52:18
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