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Rem Koolhaas: “Architecture Has A Serious Problem Today”

At the 2016 AIA convention, the legendary architect gave the profession an honest appraisal of its failures.<p>Rem Koolhaas, the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect, theorist, and provocateur, spoke with Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in the closing keynote for the …

New Robot-Fabricated Building Material Is 100 Times Lighter Than Brick

The Elytra Filament Pavilion is made from a glass and carbon fiber filament that mimics the shell of beetle wings, and no two elements are the same.<p>This week, the Victoria & Albert museum in London unveiled the robot-fabricated Elytra Filament Pavilion to open the museum’s first ever Engineering …

The possibilities of 'invisible' wood - CNN Style

Written by By Stephy Chung, CNN<p>Wood has been the building block of some of the world's greatest architectural feats for thousands of years.<p>As architects and engineers look for more sustainable, green materials to build with -- new research has brought the material back into the limelight, in an …

Engineering

'What were they thinking?': your favourite demolished buildings

Which city structures should have been saved from the wrecking ball? After our selection of lost gems, you shared your own suggestions and memories – from Delhi’s Hall of Nations to Birmingham’s Central Library<p>The Maison du Peuple, Brussels<p>No-one can beat Brussels for the indiscriminate demolition …

Apple loses 'iphone' leather goods case in Chinese court

Smartphone-maker loses appeal over use of ‘iphone’ branding on leather goods in China allowing handbags, phone cases and wallets to continue to be sold<p>A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a case over the use of its iPhone trademark, permitting a small maker of ‘iphone’-branded leather …

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, even go outside into a …

CNN

Jenny Saville: 'I used to be anti-beauty'

Saville made her name with giant paintings of fleshy, flawed bodies. She talks about being bankrolled by Charles Saatchi, how having children is changing her art – and the joy of late-night vacuuming<p>It’s funny to think of Jenny Saville in her studio at 1am, music blaring, with vacuum cleaner in …

Cops fear Apple could be a bad influence on citizens

Court filings from several law enforcement organizations say that people may just stop helping with police with their investigations if Apple gets its way in an iPhone encryption case in Brooklyn.<p>The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Association of Prosecutor Attorneys, and the …

Privacy

Why Virtual Reality Will Change Design Forever

VR won’t just change the way we experience life. It will change the way we create.<p>My dining room may never be the same. The Ikea table and vintage fiberglass chairs have been pushed aside. The perimeter is traced with dangling cords, precariously connecting a constellation of hastily tape-mounted …

Researchers store, search, retrieve images in DNA

DNA is the future of data storage, and it just got more viable as a team of researchers find a way to encode direct access.<p>A team at the University of Washington has moved DNA data storage forward a significant step by making the information both searchable and directly accessible.<p>They encoded four …

Apple iOS 9.3.1 Has A Great Secret Feature

Apple iOS 9.3.1 is a Band-Aid. It was rushed out to fix serious problems with iOS 9.3 and, by and large, it succeeded. What’s more, it also contains a great secret feature…<p>9to5Mac has discovered iOS 9.3.1 can run Night Shift and Low Power Mode simultaneously, as long as you follow a particular …

iOS

Tourists in Japan to use fingerprints as 'currency'

Visitors to Japan may soon be able to forget the hassle of having to change money – with the launch of a new system enabling fingerprints to be used as currency.<p>The system, which will launch this summer, aims to make shopping and checking into hotels faster and more convenient for overseas …

Information Systems

Google’s Alphabet has a new Japanese robot

Latest robot from Alphabet-owned University of Tokyo spin-out Schaft can traverse uneven terrain and stairs, and carry up to 6okg<p>Google’s Alphabet has a new walking robot that wouldn’t look out of place in Interstellar or science-fiction homes of the future.<p>The reportedly as-yet-unnamed robot was …

Islamic art inspires stretchy, switchable materials

<b>A new set of "metamaterials" has been created based on intricate, repeating patterns found in Islamic art.</b><p>Metamaterials are engineered to have properties that don't occur naturally, such as getting wider when stretched instead of just longer and thinner.<p>These perforated rubber sheets made by a …

The world's best cities for millennials

From affordable housing and transport to thriving job markets and culture, here’s our pick of the hottest spots for a good life<p><b>Affordability</b><p>Millennials are a boomerang generation. The number of 20- to 34-year-olds living at home with their parents increased by 25% between 1996 and 2013 in the UK. …

Cheap oil is taking shipping routes back to the 1800s

The plummeting price of oil on international markets has had many effects – one of which is that it may be cheaper for ships to travel right around Africa than go through the Suez Canal.<p>The Suez Canal was one of the most significant engineering projects of the 19th Century. It was a gargantuan task …

Oil & Gas Industry

Great Fire: The grid system for London that never happened

<b>After London's Great Fire - 350 years ago this year - there were radical plans to transform the city. Modern architects have since used disasters as a chance to rebuild in a new way.</b><p>Sir Christopher Wren worked quickly.<p>His ambitious vision for a new London was submitted to King Charles II a little …

Architecture

Scientists predict human thought in real time, nearly every time

Neuroscientists from the University of Washington have decoded brain signals in real-time and with astounding accuracy, as revealed in a recent study published in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i>. Researchers attached electrodes to the temporal lobes of seven epilepsy patients for roughly one week -- the …

SOM debuts "world's largest 3D-printed polymer building" designed for off-grid living

There are days when it seems like the future has arrived, and this is one of them. Architecture firm SOM’s new project, a fully 3D-printed structure …

3D Printing

Artificial Intelligence Is Going to Make the World 'Thrive'

Hollywood loves to give us stories of super-intelligent robots running wild with their orders. And we love to watch these stories. If artificial …

Are your opinions really your own?

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

Critical Thinking

Frozen oil could be the key to shapeshifting materials

Those odd, glowing shapes may look like they're straight out of a weird puzzle game, but don't laugh... they may be crucial to a future of ever-changing materials. British and Bulgarian scientists have discovered that oil droplets will form octagons, triangles and other not-so-natural shapes if you …

Can Finland teach us a thing or two about the future of health (and wearables)? Looks like ‘yes’.

<b>By</b> <b>Jody Ranck, DrPH</b> <b>~</b> Author of “Connected Health: How Mobiles, Cloud and Big Data Will Reinvent Healthcare” (2012) and health strategist.<p>Wearables are …

The future of motion in UX design

<b>Design is coming to life in ways never seen before.</b><p>That’s according to Kharis O’Connell, the CEO and founder of HUMAN, a Vancouver-based product and design studio focused on emerging platforms. Much of the company’s work is rooted in wearable technologies, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality …

UI Design

Virtual reality and smartphone apps are the future of housing, says academic report

The future of housing could see virtual reality 'walkthroughs' of new builds and smartphone notifications when repairs are needed, ground-breaking …

Augmented Reality

Rear Window at Christmas: behind Google's new interactive animated short

The scene is a snowy apartment building out of the 1950s, rendered in a bright, slightly retro palette. A janitor trudges across the courtyard, then stops, wary. Someone is out there. Someone large, nimble, and wearing a floppy red hat. Then you turn your phone. The janitor slides away, and instead …

Animation

One million migrants and refugees have reached Europe this year – IOM

International Organisation for Migration announces latest figures, with Greek island of Lesbos now the main refugee gateway<p>• Help refugees by donating to our 2015 appeal<p>More than a million people have now reached Europe through irregular means in 2015, the International Organisation for Migration …

This software knows how memorable your face is

If people are constantly forgetting that they've already met you, we've got some bad news -- your face may just be 'unmemorable'.<p>Now you have the …

Websites could read emotions by seeing how fast you move your mouse

Computer software could read how fast your mouse is moving, and react accordingly to calm you down<p>When a colleague starts banging their mouse on the desk it’s normally fair to assume that they’re annoyed, stressed or experiencing some kind of negative emotions. Working off this assumption, …

This robot reads body response before deciding to swipe left or right on Tinder

We live in a world where dating sites are dominated by algorithmic matching and devices are controlled with biometrics. Nicole He took the next logical step and combined the two.<p>Her creation, ‘The True Love Tinder Robot‘ uses biometric sensors to read changes in galvanic skin resistance, which is a …

Physical Computing