Tuesday, January 26, 2010

How Santiago Calatrava's Buildings Marry Engineering With Biology

From fastcompany.com...

"Santiago Calatrava's buildings marry engineering with biology. And they may just be beautiful enough to make Americans care about infrastructure." Read more here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Climate Change Authority Admits Mistake

From Technology Review published by MIT...

"One of the most alarming conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a widely respected organization established by the United Nations, is that glaciers in the Himalayas could be gone 25 years from now, eliminating a primary source of water for hundreds of millions of people. But a number of glaciologists have argued that this conclusion is wrong, and now the IPCC admits that the conclusion is largely unsubstantiated, based on news reports rather than published, peer-reviewed scientific studies."

Read more here

Can You Tell If These Buildings Are Designed By Women?

From fastcompany.com...

"Does being a woman predispose a designer to a certain type of architecture? Can you really tell by looking if a building is designed by a woman or a man? Take this quiz and see."

Monday, January 18, 2010

'Supersensored' Supertower

From Engineering News Record...

"There is at least one superlative associated with the world’s tallest structure that few know about: The 828-meter Burj Dubai, renamed Burj Khalifa on its opening day, Jan. 4, is likely the most monitored skyscraper in the world, from its foundation to the top of its pinnacle. Data collected from the building’s permanent sensors will be used to refine design and construction methods for future supertall towers..."

Click here to read the full article from ENR.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Burj Kahlifa (Dubai) now open!

Facebook harnesses the crowd

From FastCompany.Com...

"Facebook's begun testing a system that's in vogue at the moment: Using its own users as a data-crunching system. Nothing terribly new there--except that Facebook's using its crowd to actually moderate the rest of the crowd and stamp out the nasty bits, which is a whole new ethically-intriguing level"

Read more here.