Category Archives: Architecture

Object storage: An architecture for the petabyte era?

The Object storage market is attracting growing levels of interest in an era of increasing volumes of unstructured data. That’s according to findings from 451 Research, which recently published a report on object storage.

Three factors are driving a groundswell of interest in object storage technologies.

These include the need to store and access massive and growing volumes of increasingly rich data; the limitations of traditional storage architectures at petabyte-levels of scale; and the emergence of web, cloud, and mobile applications and services.

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Venice Biennale 2014: The Evolution of Brazilian Architecture to be on Display

Chosen to curate the Brazilian contribution at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, diplomat and architecture critic André Aranha Corrêa do Lago has revealed plans for an that will chronologically illustrate the evolution of Brazilian architecture.

180 projects will be exhibited, all of which have either played a significant role in the country’s architectural evolution, such as the pre-Colombian (Indian shacks), vernacular constructions and baroque designs, or have displayed a strong international influence, like the Capanema Palace, Pampulha and Brasília. In addition to this, 50 important personalities, including Lucio Costa, Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes da Rocha, will be highlighted for their assistance in spotlighting the importance of Brazilian architecture.

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Delivering green design

Before appointing an architect, a client must be clear on what they consider to be a sustainable building. In 2005 I arrived to project manage the LSE’s New Academic Building, the retrofit of an Edwardian building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields by Grimshaw Architects. The brief called for ‘the highest standards of life cycle maintenance, access, energy efficiency and sustainability.’ But what did this mean? There were no targets, measurables or details, and most importantly no contractual commitments.

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Launch of Morgenstadt City Challenge – new models for sustainable urban development

(Nanowerk News) What makes a town or city fit for the future? Fraunhofer IAO, together with its numerous industry and city partners in the Innovation Network “Morgenstadt: City Insights” has developed an action-oriented model to provide precise answers to this question. Now they’ve launched an international competition, the Morgenstadt City Challenge, to select three cities to implement the new Morgenstadt model for sustainable urban development.

Architizer Co-Founder: Why good Architecture Envisions Buildings As Human Beings

On April 11th, 2014, PSFK held our annual conference in New York City. Keynote speaker Marc Kushner, Co-Founder and CEO of architectural social network Architizer and a partner at firm HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), opened the event by speaking about how great architecture allows people to form an emotional attachment to buildings, explaining that we can only truly enjoy our time within a building if we can relate to it.

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ARCHIMACHINE: 17 Countries Illustrated as Architectural Machines

ARCHIMACHINE is a series of “17 illustrations of fantastic machines representing 17 countries whose gears are made and operated by architecture. Mechanisms suspended in time and space that produce and process culture.” According to Babina, ARCHIMACHINE is a metaphor for how architecture acts as a fundamental mechanism in the production of the identity/culture of both a place and that place’s inhabitants: “We make our buildings and afterwards they make us.”

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Architecture in the USA Today – In Infographics

As part of their ongoing ACSA Atlas Project, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) has just released a new set of infographics, showcasing a range of statistics relevant to both architecture students and professionals alike. The 10 images cover a range of issues, including: demographic concerns such as race and gender, economic concerns such as salaries and employment futures, and the number of architects and students in each state. Read on after the break for the full set.

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