- Producer18/02/2017What would you make of this interview questionSadly many of the other technical affinity groups I subscribe to have been captured by posters putting up interview questions and suggested answers to them that are mostly superficial and very much focused on rote learning. Top 60 SAS...
- 17/02/2017Self-shaping shelters that could revolutionize emergency housing. Emergency shelter design is becoming increasingly important due to the various refugee situations occurring around the world. Although some designs have already been awarded for their crucial role in providing emergency housing, other forward-thinking designers such as Haresh Lalvani are actively working to create a biomimicry-based system where shelter structures would be able to assemble themselves.
Recently featured on Redshift, Lalvani, the cofounder of the Pratt Institute Center for Experimental Structures, is employing a “wildly interdisciplinary range of tools” to create a type of generative geometry that would be able to assemble and repair, grow, and evolve all on its own. The designer is using concepts found in biology, mathematics, computer science and art to create systems where matter would start encoding information, a similar process to that of stem cells and genes in the human body. Lalvani explains that these biological systems are “the only place where software and hardware are the same thing.”
This type of installation could be a potential game changer for shelter design considering some of Lalvani’s installations take less than one minute to bend into shape. Additionally exciting is the fact that the raw material is just one thin sheet of metal, and can be easily transported and requires no tools for assembly, making it especially useful for emergency situations.
- 16/02/2017The following infographic from Futurism tells the story of the history of technology. It starts with the beginning of life on Earth, and goes until the founding of early modern technologies, such as the first computer and nuclear power.The History of Technology: From the Earliest Tools to the Modern Agewww.visualcapitalist.com Despite only being around for thousands of years, human technological progress has been pretty incredible. See the history of technology in this...
- 12/02/2017If you like playing with trains, then this video of the Tehachaki 'Model' Railway Loop will fascinate you. But take care you don't get hypnotised by the motion!
More on the history and construction, to 'drive you round the bend' at: http://interestingengineering.com/going-round-the-bend-with-the-tehachapi-loop/?utm_source=Email+Directing&utm_medium=%24%7Binterestingengineering%2FrCTa%7D&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+interestingengineering%2FrCTa+%28Interesting+Engineering%29Tehachapi Loop in real time 4K (August 31, 2015) To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Shot and edited by Matt Skuta Instagram: @mattskuta...
Comments12/02/2017 #2 Ken Boddie#1 May have been taken from an early drone, Dean-san, but judging by the date, perhaps from a hot air balloon, which is probably the only other thing that could remain static for long enough, with the possible exception of a chopper? Either way, the whole loop looks surreal and brings me back to my days of playing on the carpet in our 'front room' in the old tenament 'hoosie' in Aberdeen, with my model 'Hornby Dublo' train set.
- In Downtown Miami, Rafael Viñoly’s latest luxury development is on point. Striking a power pose at the Miami River basin, Rafael Viñoly’s luxury residential project One River Point is leading the way for major development in Downtown Miami. With sales launching this January, the building is set to break ground in late 2017. Featuring two symmetrical towers connected by the Sky Bridge and landscaped riverside park surroundings set across 1.8 acres, the building will be a welcome addition to the Miami River area, which is undergoing regeneration. It’s most striking design feature, the Sky Bridge, suspended at 800ft above the Miami River will hold a 35,000 sq ft private club run by Adrian Zecha, the Indonesian hotelier behind Aman Resorts. - http://www.wallpaper.com/architecture/one-river-point-miami-rafael-vinoly-downtown-miami#EjbtSa3hqxZEh3jR.99
- A cement company has launched a new, more environmentally-friendly type of cement based on an old Roman recipe. HR Cement in Tauranga looked to ancient Roman concrete mixtures for inspiration for its low-carbon footprint cement, eco-cem. The company has combined ancient methods with modern manufacturing techniques to create the more eco-friendly cement. According to a report by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), the global cement industry accounted for 5 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gas and about 900 kilograms of carbon dioxide was emitted for the creation of every 1000kg of cement.
HR Cement says the New Zealand construction industry uses about 1.5 million tonnes of cement every year.
Managing director Chris Hall said eco-cem had the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete used on construction sites by 15 per cent to 30 per cent.
The new cement uses a material called pozzolan.
Comments01/02/2017 #2 Ken Boddie#1 Nothing really new about pozzolans, Claire, which have been used for many years to supplement Portland cement as additives. A pozzolanic reaction really only describes the cementing that occurs when finely ground siliceous or aluminous materials are added, along with water, to calcium hydroxide. I must admit to being a little suspicious of such claims as stated in this article, and fear that there may be a little bit of climbing on the 'green' band wagon. It is well known that the Romans developed and expanded upon existing basic pozzolanic practices in their constructions, but the cement industry has achieved major technological innovation since then and is pretty diverse overall. As in all aspects of a highly competitive building and construction, the client, designer and contractor (not to forget the various national standards specifiers) need to have access to a reliable product or products with good 'close-to-site' availability at a competitive price, a material with well proven performance and workability, and good technical support. 'Green' on its own will not, I believe, be a marketing edge that will sell to hardcore builders.
- Latvia’s Nature Concert Hall has a fabric skin that plays with the wind. Latvian studio Didzis Jaunzems Arhitektūra recently completed construction of the Nature Concert Hall, a striking angular pavilion for outdoor cultural events. Located within the grounds of Gauja National Park, the shelter can accommodate different activities under its unique lightweight roof. Built from a steel structure that rests gently on the ground, it’s wrapped in vertical fabric louvers that play with the wind and light. http://inhabitat.com/latvias-nature-concert-hall-has-a-fabric-skin-that-plays-with-the-wind/
- 17/01/2017¡¡¡Dios mío, mi casa se mueve!!! ...Oh, my god, my house is moving!!!Dynamic Architecture - Rotating Tower This Dynamic Architecture building by David Fisher will be constantly in motion changing its shape. It will also generate electric energy for itself. more...
- 18/01/2017Another example of kinetic architecture. This house can rotate and balance. These artists have lived in this house for five days, Could you live there?This tilting house forces roommates to cooperate Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder are known for their fantastic performance installations based on cooperation and balance. Their newest is no exception....
- 24/01/2017Will these houses make you dizzy? Architects build rotating homes. Imagine living in a house that follows the direction of the sun when it's hot. Or one that offers a different view out of your bedroom window every day of the week. For some bold homeowners this is becoming a reality, thanks to an innovative wave of architects who are re-imagining the concept of the house. Once something firmly routed to the ground, homes are now becoming moving entities that can rotate, change shape, and even adapt to the seasons. - http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/22/architecture/rotating-homes/
Comments25/01/2017 #4 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#3 The way I think about it Claire, either we live in architecture or we live in a hovel. There is a bit of my DNA that gravitates to the top of the world and see's the majesty in a revolving restaurant - just as I see the grounding that the words "Livable City" provides as in the words of Jan Gehl.
- 23/01/2017Somosaguas by A-cero, Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcón, Spain to read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/super-home-in-somosaguas-by-a-cero/
Comments25/01/2017 #2 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#1 Thanks for the share @Ken Boddie! I thought this house was amazing and the interiors were also v. nice. You are right about the interiors and spatial relationships often not being well thought out compared to the impact of the building. I also liked the way it blended into the landscape and enhanced it rather than shouting 'Look at me I am an amazing house!'23/01/2017 #1 Ken BoddieClean lines on the exterior, Claire, draw the eye upwards through the various levels of the roof structure, just in case you get bored of the view to the great outdoors. But the whole building comes together at night with the clever placement of subtle lighting, including the pool, which begs for a twilight or evening swim. Funnily enough the interior is attractive and exciting (often a disappointment in such bold exteriors) and features just the right splashes of colour, where needed, and a plethora of interesting adornments and ornaments to keep the occupants glad to return to a home atmosphere.
- 21/01/2017IMAGINATION CREATES A NEW REALITY ► The Kuchlbauer Tower, a beautiful work of art designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser with its round, wavy shapes and organic lines in harmony with nature. It is a 35 meter high observation tower and the landmark of the Kuchlbauer Brewery in Abensberg, Germany. The design was modified and revised by the architect Peter Pelikan, after Hundertwasser‘s death, and the tower was completed in 2010.
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Comments22/01/2017 #9 Ken BoddieI must admit, Lada, that I do not find this particular structure to my taste and cannot help but feel some compassion for those resident or working in nearby buildings. I am willing, however, purely in the interests of science, to sample a few of the Bavarian beers at the premises, in order to establish if there is a direct correlation between ale consumption and architectural appreciation. 🍺😉21/01/2017 #4 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorI enjoyed the update here: The Kuchlbauer Tower is the landmark of Kuchlbauer's World of Beer. It is an architectural project by the world-famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned, modified and revised by the architect Peter Pelikan.21/01/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.wow!
- 18/01/2017San Francisco’s Seasteading Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding with the French Polynesian government that brings the world’s first floating city closer to reality. The Seasteading Institute first established in 2008 has long sought to implement their vision of self-sustaining communities that can withstand rising sea levels, partnering with DeltaSync in 2013 to build a pilot project in The Netherlands. The new agreement could see construction on a full-blown city begin in the South Pacific as early as 2019. - http://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-floating-city-one-step-closer-to-reality-in-french-polynesia/
Comments18/01/2017 #3 Ken BoddieInteresting concept, Claire, and relatively close to home for me as many inhabitants of some of the smaller and lower elevation Torres Strait Islands (North of Queensland) are losing or have already lost their homes and land, as tides and recurring flood events become more and more severe. The challenge of floating mechanisms being resistant to typhoons and cyclones still remains, however.
- 16/01/2017FRACTAL-LIKE DENDRIFORM STRUCTURE ► The structural steel ‘trees’ that support the roof of Stuttgart Airport Terminal represent one of the finest examples of three-dimensional dendriform structures. A single support is composed of four tubular poles (‘tree’ trunk), each spread to form three branches, with four sub-branches each, to finally support the roof.
Comments16/01/2017 #8 Lada 🏡 PrkicFor those interesting in dendriform and fractal-like branching structures, here is the link to an article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095263514000363
- 16/01/2017NEXT Solar Window Coating Generates Free Electricity From Sunlight - they have developed a scalable solar window coating that allows commercial glass products to produce clean energy from the sun. The product pays for itself in a year and provides clean energy for up to 30 years. - http://greenbuildingelements.com/2016/06/29/next-solar-window-coating-generates-free-electricity-sunlight/
- 16/01/2017One key in designing robots for future space exploration is a 3D user interface called Visual Environment for Remote Virtual Exploration, or VERVE, that allows a human operator to see the world from the perspective of the robot. Watch:Designing Robots For Future Space Exploration The Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center has more than 25 years of experience in building robots and developing software to allow humans...
Comments16/01/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergThanks for the awesome video and all of your highly valued contributions to this hive, George. All one must do is look to the Mars Curiosity rover an a shining example of the amazing findings NASA-controlled robots are making in on the Red Planet. The Curiosity rover recently received a 2-year extension by NASA to continue studying the Martian terrain -- amazingly, NASA scientists never thought this rover would even last this long on an alien planet. But it "keeps going and going" like the Energizer Bunny (battery commercial).
- 08/01/2017Sometimes we must be careful when we embrace or interpret the concept of internet of things.The Internet of Things has officially hit peak stupid, courtesy of this smart toaster - ExtremeTechwww.extremetech.com Griffin Technology wants to sell you on the idea of a smart toaster. We're increasingly sold on the idea of living on a remote island far away from companies that think slapping Wi-Fi and an LCD on to already-functional kitchen hardware constitutes...
Comments15/01/2017 #2 Jim 🐝 CodyIoT is here to stay and albeit I agree that a toaster is outrageous and unnecessary; however the technology is used for tracking trillions of items for inventory, shipping, manufacturing and diagnostics of equipment. I believe the technology is very useful and like LED lights it will become economical viable and cost effective. IoT is here to stay and will take off within the next few years especially in the automotive industry.
- Producer14/01/2017Augmented Reality in Education - Immense potential aheadEducational specialists are working hard to find a solution to improve student quality in education whether it be in kinder garden or in higher education. Augmented reality is a good value proposition for those who are looking for better ROI as well...
- Producer20/08/2016World Honey Bee DayAs a site where the users refer to themselves as Bees I believe it appropriate that we should align ourselves with efforts to protect the bee populations of the world. An environmental scientist by education I try to stay apprised of environmental...
Comments14/01/2017 #47 Todd JonesHumans are a curious lot. Our proclivity toward self destruction seems boundless, even in the face of scientific evidence. We need to look no further than our President Elect's position on global warming for confirmation of this tendency. Thankfully, our ability to engineer our way back from the edge of ruin rivals our penchant for creating it. Back in the 1980's the destructive effect of chlorofluorocarbons on the ozone layer was a hot topic, which was addressed through a combination of legislation, scientific research, and new product development. So hope doth remain.
The shocking collapse of bee colonies is a crisis that requires immediate attention. In my mind, this is an underpublicized predicament more pressing than global warming. Let's not wait for mass starvation to be the prompt for us to get serious about solving this looming disaster.
Excellent post @Pamela 🐝 Williams. Sharing forward.
- 07/01/2017THE STORY BEHIND THE ICONIC PHOTO ►We don't know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 250 meters up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan's vertical expansion.Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo | 100 Photos | TIME We don't know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 800 feet up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan's...
Comments08/01/2017 #4 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.valuable!
- Producer07/01/2017Some o' Me Poems and Proverbs - Vol IProducer posts are our front line business, our raison d'être here on beBee, but what about our comments and responses, the worldy statements and advice that we pass on to our fellow bees, as a statement of our appreciation of the effort that they...
Comments09/01/2017 #61 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher#48 My dearest Ken, I think you're right,
What I'm about to say may sound just a tad trite
The roots were pulled too early in life,
Memories escaped and I want to know more, so...
"The more that I read, the more things I'll know. The more that I learn, the more places I'll go."
Thank you @Ken Boddie, "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"08/01/2017 #52 Ken Boddie#46 'Wisdom' in this case, Mohd, is definitely in the mind of the beholder. I'll settle for wry humour.
Our comments are our way of feeding others ..... and, in some cases, providing them with an opportunity to see an alternative path.
Robert Burns (the Scots Bard) captured this uniquely with his poem "To a Louse", when he penned the following:
"O wad some Power the giftie gie us,
To see oursels as ithers see us."08/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie#45 Thanks for sharing my buzz, Ali. Not many of us remember comments from others, or even from ourselves. My melancholic-anal character, however, has resulted in me documenting quite a lot of my own comments, including the rhyming ones. As is evident from the above, however, I don't always take care to record or remember the originating post. 🙁
Comments received from others are, of course, preserved in my posts.
- 06/01/2017GEOMETRY OF THE UNIVERSE ►The question of the shape of the universe is at the heart of understanding the universe. Is it a spherical, a saddle-like, a flat, or something else completely, like a horn or the Klein bottle? For now we can only observe a finite volume of the universe. Will we ever know with absolute certainty how the universe looks like?
Comments06/01/2017 #19 Jim Murray#10 @Phil Friedman. We talk a lot about logic and making sense. Which is something you just did in a single paragraph. I agree that something that is infinite or unbounded cannot be defined in a fixed shape. I think science has simply not come up with a way to put parameters on infinity. Mainly because I am pretty sure it's not possible. I could see a dimensionalization of this sort as it applied to the Milky Way or Andromeda or whatever subset of the universe you choose. But to try and rope off the whole magilla like that, it strains credibility.06/01/2017 #11 Lada 🏡 Prkic#10 Phil, your comment is interesting, as always. I would say that mathematics deals with finite spaces which have no edges (unbounded), like 3-sphere. Some geometric shapes are infinite surfaces like a plane that can extends infinitely far, or cone and cylinder, and many more. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales.06/01/2017 #10 Phil FriedmanI do not pretend to be an astrophysicist, and so have difficulty comprehending the question and the proffered answers. Although, I do have to say that it seems to me the issue is still within the realms of metaphysics and cosmology, not science.That said, I don't see how one can judge the shape of the universe without the proverbial "fixed point" for the lever of observation, namely, a method for establishing a metric for simultaneity in a space-time continuum the observations of which are completely relative, and not corrected for simultaneity.
At one point, Einstein postulated that the universe is finite but unbounded, which seems to me more understandable than if it were infinite. But it also means that if it is unbounded, then it makes no sense to ask what its shape is.06/01/2017 #7 Zacharias Voulgaris 🐝#6 As Einstein's general theory of relativity stated very clearly (and proven by astronomers afterwards), large celestial bodies, like stars, warp spacetime (ST), changing the course of light too. So even light in space doesn't really travel in straight lines, simply because there are no paths in ST that are not warped at all...
The only known exception is the inner part of the skull of some politicians, which is completely void. So if you put a flashlight on one of their ears, you can see it come out, unbent, from the other one. :-)
- 05/01/2017Half a kilometre above the valley floor, shrouded in mist for many of its days, this magnificent engineering feat shows how the Chinese are meeting their infrastructure challenges, seemingly unimpeded by geography, geology or bureaucracy.Time-lapse: World’s highest bridge to open in China Beipanjiang Bridge, the world’s highest bridge crossing the Nizhu River Canyon located in the juncture of Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, is 565 meters above...
Comments05/01/2017 #3 Ken Boddie#2 More info at this link, which I forgot to add to my initial comment: http://interestingengineering.com/the-worlds-highest-bridge-in-china-is-ready-for-traffic/
- 31/12/2016THE WORLD’S FIRST PLASTIC BOTTLE VILLAGE ► Canadian Robert Bezeau developed the project called the Plastic Bottle Village, located in Panama, where the houses are constructed, or as he like to say “re-constructed” out of recycled plastic bottles. Bottles work surprisingly well as insulators. The buildings are also incredibly durable and safe during floods and earthquakes.
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