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Q&A: P.D. Smith on the Development of Cities Around the World

We interview Peter D. Smith, the author of "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age," on the trajectory of contemporary cities.

Reading Peter D. Smith’s latest volume, City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age, is akin to strolling through a contemporary city, wherein broad impressions are punctuated by specific and visceral encounters. The elements that make and shape cities and urban experiences, from the physical contours to the social interaction that takes place within their borders, are all explored in broad…

Q&A: Michael Rotondi on Sacred Spaces

Principal of RoTo Architecture, Michael Rotondi, discusses how he approaches designing spaces for relatively unknown religions.

Image courtesy of Michael Rotondi, Roto Architecture. Michael Rotondi, principal of RoTo Architecture, is well known for his architectural work and intellectual rigor. One area of his expertise is the design of sacred spaces. Curious about his thoughts on designing spaces for some relatively unknown religions, how he finds information about the religions themselves and their traditions, how or if he…

Q&A: Christopher Jenner

Successful, groundbreaking design is more than a mere sum of different parts. It is a synergy of inspiration, fierce dedication, vision, and hard work. Christopher Jenner, head of the multidisciplinary design studio that epitomizes these qualities. We asked him to tell us what drives his process, and discovered that for him, successful design includes a methodical and in-depth analysis of…

What Is the Architect’s Role When It Comes to Energy Reform?

Architects need to reconsider the types of buildings they are designing as well as the materials used during the construction process.

Solar Retrofit (in product development phase), image via itac.utah.edu Last week we explored different energy efficient, cost-efficient, and resource-conscientious approaches to architecture and construction. This week, we continue the conversation with ITAC director, professor Ryan E. Smith. Let’s begin by examining the architect’s role in society. Too often they are seen as people who produce individual structures. And so architects…

Open-Source Cracks Open 3D Imaging Biomedicine Tools

These programs are now more easily accessible to those without advanced computer knowledge.

When you imagine uses for open-source 3D imaging software, medical applications don’t immediately spring e to mind. But at The Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and The Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing at the University of Utah, the focus is precisely on how to apply 3D imaging and visualization to help advance medical treatments and therapies. Even better, they have…

Lab Report XXII

Portland State University is an educational institution that believes in engaging the community, in a multitude of directions and capacities; the entire state of Oregon is their classroom, as they like to say. What’s more, they value collaborating with local organizations to improve the overall quality of life, not just of Oregonians, but people everywhere, domestically and abroad. Take the…

Lab Report XXI

Everyone involved in design agrees that he or she wants to improve and enhance people’s lives. At M.I.N.D Labs or Media, Interface, and Network Design Labs, that goal becomes eminently clear. A consortium comprised of 11 university design labs includes members from Finland, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Germany, and the U.S. Their collective directive is to research the interaction between the…

Plastic “Trees” Generate Energy From Wind

A joint research team from Cornell and China's Northwestern Polytechnic University are prototyping an alternative tool for harvesting wind.

Image via creativemachines.cornell.edu There have been many suggestions on how to harness wind to power buildings or just to produce more clean sources of energy to add to the grid. The problem is that many of these technologies are prohibitively expensive, so that the cost of producing the devices is not offset by the amount of energy they produce. At…

Lab Report XIX

In this series of posts I have primarily focused on the of research technologies, either on the verge of being developed or currently available, technologies that will improve the lives of architecture and design professionals as well as other interested adults. On occasion I did look at innovations focused on children. Columbia University’s Institute for Learning Technologies (ILT) belongs to…