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Chinese Developer Attempts to Copy Colonial Williamsburg, VA, Replicates Hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn Instead

Inhabitat - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:01

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China’s copycat architecture trend has been well documented – so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when Chinese developer AuthentiCity Ltd. sought to recreate the historic hamlet of Colonial Williamsburg, it wound up with something else entirely – an exact replica of hipster haven Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Categories: Building Green

NYC Will Replace Taxis With New Driverless Google Cabs

Inhabitat - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:01

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News has just broke that NYC Mayor de Blasio has signed a contract with Google to replace all the city’s yellow cabs with Google’s patented driverless cars. The mayor’s office reported that 5000 driverless cabs will hit New York City streets by 2016, and the vehicles will come specially outfitted to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers. New in-vehicle amenities will include everything from ATMs, hot food vending machines, and what the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission calls “better entertainment options”.

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McDonald’s to Add Lab-Grown ‘Chicken’ McNuggets to its Menu

Inhabitat - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:01

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McDonald‘s just announced it will be the first fast food restaurant in the United States to add lab-grown meat to its menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin’s lab-grown burger experiment in London last year, McDonald’s says they will ‘grow’ their own chicken McNuggets in special laboratories across New Jersey. The move is expected to reduce the number of real chickens needed to supply the company’s 35,000 outlets across the globe.

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Google Purchases Dubai’s World of Islands to Reconfigure into Google Shaped Floating Cities

Inhabitat - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 21:01

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At the beginning of 2011, Dubai‘s most notorious man-made islands, a.k.a. The World, made a splash with news that they were slowly but surely sinking into the sea. Now, in a bizarre twist of events that even had us surprised (and trust us, we thought we’d seen it all when it comes to The World), Google has announced that it purchased the troubled archipelago and will be reconfiguring it to form the shape of the Google logo. While we’ve seen the search engine giant dabble in everything from green energy to self-driving cars, this is the first we’ve heard of them making their way into island real estate. Once complete, the Google-shaped landmasses will be self-sustaining floating cities, and the company reports that it plans to retain a portion of the development for its own private use and sell the rest off to the highest bidders.


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AutoCAD 2016 is Here

Applying Technology to Architecture - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 20:56
For AutoCAD users, the latest big news is that Autodesk has released their 2016 version of AutoCAD.   Along with AutoCAD, you can also get the 2016 versions of AutoCAD LT, AutoCAD Architecture, AutoCAD MEP, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD Mechanical. As with each release, there are features that you will love and some that you really don’t care […]
Categories: Revit/BIM

Detach from Central versus Save As - Make this a Central Model after Save

RevitOpEd - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 18:00
Both techniques allow us to create a new central file from an existing file that has enabled worksets already.

Save As - Make this a Central Model after Save - respects the Edited By information the project has stored. This means if other users have borrowed elements then you'll find those users among the Owner/Borrower column in the Worksets dialog after creating your new central file.


This distinction means it may be possible (though unlikley) to allow users to synchronize their work with the new central file. They'd have to use the Browse button in the Synchronize with Central dialog to point Revit to the new location of the central. I used italics on may be possible because there are so many variables that could prevent it from succeeding that I don't want to provide false hope. If people have not continued to alter or create new elements in their own local files, while this new central file is created, then it may be possible, worth attempting perhaps if you are in some sort of recovery mode.

Detach from Central - completely severs the relationship the file had with the file it came from (usually a central file) and any local files that may exist, as well as ALL ownership information (stored in Edited by parameter). It is a fresh start, utterly.

Btw, this post was prompted by a question at RFO this afternoon. It became evident that this subtlety is something I've not written about, I thought I had.
Categories: Revit/BIM

Archinect Project Collections presents your Folly 2015 proposals!

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:51

Following the recent conclusion of the Folly 2015 competition, Archinect and Bustler invited everyone who participated to share their entries by posting them right on their Archinect profiles.

We already started our Folly 2015 list, which you can now check out here.

Here's a little preview at some of the Folly 2015 entries we've added so far:

KaleidoScape by Mazdak Jafarain

MERRY-GO-GROUND by Julien Leyssene

The Anamorphic Hut by OP.AL | Op - Architecture Landscape

Mochi by Hou de Sousa

Scroll by derek pirozzi

so͞oˈpərflo͞oəs SHED by Alfredo Pimentel

Remnant by Atelier of Digital Design (ADD)

Balloon Swing by Lockhart Krause Architect

If you haven't gotten the chance to upload your project to be added to the list, no problem. Project Collections is ongoing, so we'll continuously add more proposals as you post them onto your Archinect profiles.

TO SHARE YOUR COMPETITION ENTRY:

Simply create an Archinect people or firm profile. Just click the "Log in/Join" button on the left-hand side in th...

Categories: Design Feeds

Detroit's P. Funk-inspired Mothership is ready to get the party started

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:24

Most people would probably be envious of the lucky DJs that got to spin tunes in The Mothership (I know I am). Ann Arbor-based practice Anya Sirota + AKOAKI looked to  legendary funk collective P-Funk and their iconic album Mothership Connection to design the swanky modular DJ and broadcast booth for Detroit's North End neighborhood and its local music scene.

Akoaki created The Mothership to mark the start of the collaborative O.N.E. Mile initiative, which brings together architects, designers, and artists to revive the public spaces along historic Oakland Avenue for a series of experimental cultural events all year long. The Mothership made its debut during O.N.E. Mile's free (and unprecedented) Mothership Launch event this past October, where 12 honorary members of Parliament-Funkadelic did a special live performance in an empty garage on Oakland Avenue. The mobile unit is still stationed there but has more future public appearances in tow.

The Mothership is constructed by an alumin...

Categories: Design Feeds

Keeping Up With BIM 360 Is Easy As…

Beyond Design - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 17:05
If you have 20 minutes to spare and want to take-in all of the recent feature updates for BIM 360 Field, BIM 360 Glue, and BIM 360 Layout—we have your “easy button”. That’s right, we’ve taken the last 5 months of feature releases and compressed them into an on-demand screencast... Paul Walker
Categories: Navisworks

AutoCAD 2016 New Features

The Mad Cadder - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:42
Here is a link listing and demonstrating the new features of Autodesk's latest release of AutoCAD 2016. http://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/features/all/gallery-view Michael Rotolo
Categories: Revit/BIM

The 2015 Core77 Design Awards

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:24
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Wednesday: Auto Sales, ADP Employment, ISM Mfg, Construction Spending and more

Calculated Risk - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:17
Wednesday:
• 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 8:15 AM, the ADP Employment Report for March. This report is for private payrolls only (no government). The consensus is for 225,000 payroll jobs added in March, up from 212,000 in February.

• At 8:15 AM, the ISM Manufacturing Index for March. The consensus is for a decrease to 52.5 from 52.9 in February. The ISM manufacturing index indicated expansion in February at 52.9%. The employment index was at 51.4%, and the new orders index was at 52.5%.

• At 10:00 AM, Construction Spending for February. The consensus is for a 0.2% increase in construction spending.

• Early: Reis Q1 2015 Office Survey of rents and vacancy rates.

• All day: Light vehicle sales for March. The consensus is for light vehicle sales to increase to 16.8 million SAAR in March from 16.2 million in February (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate).

AA Athens Visiting School 2015

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:06
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AA Istanbul Visiting School 2015

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 16:06
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Construction in Seoul’s supertall Lotte World Tower surpasses 100th story – amid safety concerns

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:30

With the completion of the 100th floor, Lotte Group invited a group of reporters on Thursday to take a peek at the Lotte World Tower, still under-construction, in Jamsil, southern Seoul. The building is currently the tallest building in Korea. [...] While the view is awe-inspiring, the fate of the Lotte World Tower hangs in balance, especially after the 2014 Sewol disaster which resulted in more than 300 people dead.



Previously: Mysterious Sinkholes Appear Near Construction Site of Supertall Skyscraper in Seoul

Categories: Design Feeds

A Couple Travels the World in Search of "the Human City"

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:15

...Fernando Casado and Paula García, the founders of the Towards the Human City project, [are] travelling the world to find how cities are trying to be more people-oriented...Trends like smart cities make us believe that large structures are needed to change urban spaces, yet there are countless examples of transformative bottom-up initiatives that have come from a simple idea and flourished without public money. It is this citizen-led type of urbanism that they hope to highlight and champion.



Categories: Design Feeds

UCLA professor and "parking guru" Donald Shoup to retire

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:40

After 41 years of teaching at UCLA, Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, will retire on June 30. [...] Shoup is widely known as the “parking guru” whose ideas on parking policies have been implemented in cities around the world. His influential book, "The High Cost of Free Parking" ... has led a growing number of cities to adapt new policies for parking requirements and to charge fair market prices for curb parking.



Parking is a gigantic factor in determining how cities in the U.S. look and function, and no one knows that better than Donald Shoup. Any parking study worth its salt is indebted to Shoup's research.

Categories: Design Feeds

UN Refugee Agency Commissions 10k Ikea-designed Better Shelters

Archinect - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 14:23

Ikea's line of flat-pack refugee shelters are going into production, the Swedish furniture maker announced this week, after being tested among refugee families in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Lebanon. The lightweight "Better Shelter" was developed under a partnership between the Ikea Foundation and the ...UNHCR... Each unit takes about four hours to assemble and is designed to last for 3 years — far longer than conventional refugee shelters, which last about 6 months.



As the Verge article notes, the announcement comes at a time when there are nearly 4 million people left without homes from the ongoing wars in Syria alone. Globally, there are 45.2 million people currently displaced by conflict and persecution according to a UNHCR report. And even that number doesn't account for the millions currently being displaced by drought, famine, rising sea levels, resource scarcity or other ecological disasters.

The Ikea Foundation's "Better Shelter" houses comprise three individual parts: the frame, the panels, and the photo voltaic system. They can be assembled on site without any additional tools or equipment. While lightweight and transportable, the units are designed to last three years. The solar panels charge an LED light that can be used at night for four hours or to charge a mobile phone.

In an article posted last year, Architectures of the Disaster, I consider other design projects addressing the global refugee crisis.

Categories: Design Feeds

Fannie Mae: Mortgage Serious Delinquency rate declined in February, Lowest since September 2008

Calculated Risk - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 13:36
Fannie Mae reported today that the Single-Family Serious Delinquency rate declined slightly in February to 1.83% from 1.86% in January. The serious delinquency rate is down from 2.27% in February 2014, and this is the lowest level since September 2008.

The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 5.59%.

Last week, Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate was declined in February to 1.81%. Freddie's rate is down from 2.29% in February 2014, and is at the lowest level since December 2008. Freddie's serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%.

Note: These are mortgage loans that are "three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure".

Fannie Freddie Seriously Delinquent RateClick on graph for larger image

The Fannie Mae serious delinquency rate has fallen 0.44 percentage points over the last year - the pace of improvement has slowed - and at that pace the serious delinquency rate will be close to 1% in late 2016.

The "normal" serious delinquency rate is under 1%, so maybe serious delinquencies will be close to normal at the end of 2016.  This elevated delinquency rate is mostly related to older loans - the lenders are still working through the backlog, especially in judicial foreclosure states like Florida.

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