It was that last concern that prompted BIG, in 2014, to launch a new division within its firm called BIG Ideas. The new department, run by partner Jakob Lange, is a research and development lab staffed by engineers and other technical specialists meant to support the designs coming out of BIG’s Copenhagen and New York offices, as well as develop new products and building materials. The department focuses on three main things: solving the architects’ experimental concepts for a building; designing materials for these buildings that may also go to market; and performing in-house simulations for things like wind, solar, shadow, acoustics, and snow accumulation, in order to build smarter buildings. … [Read more...] about Inside BIG Ideas, the Incubator Where Architects Become Inventors
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To Safeguard Against Protesters, Hack The Architecture As a building type, women’s reproductive health care clinics in the U.S.–and those states and municipalities who support and protect patients and workers–face a series of insidious challenges. Lori Brown, an architect and an associate professor at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, outlines several of these issues in her 2013 book Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women’s Shelters and Hospitals. Brown was interested in understanding “to what effect varying degrees of legislation impact the landscapes of reproductive health care access,” as she writes in the book. … [Read more...] about The Architecture Of Abortion: How Providers Build Their Own Buffer Zones
The armed forces as climate mediators The military’s approach to climate change could bridge the divide between believers and doubters. People who assert that protecting endangered habitats and species is trivial next to health and economic problems, and that society has time to tackle whatever threats may develop, might be persuaded to take action when they hear from respected generals and admirals that the nation’s security is at stake. … [Read more...] about Could the military’s focus on climate readiness be the way to convince climate deniers?