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Book Review: OfficeUS Manual

OfficeUS Manual edited by Eva Franch, Ana Miljački, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Jacob Reidel, Ashley Schafer
Lars Müller Publishers, 2017
Paperback, 288 pages

In my first job in an architecture office right out of school, one of the first things I was given – before I even had my own desk – was an employee handbook. A photocopied, spiral-bound booklet, the handbook delved into the details of what was expected from me as an employee: in terms of attire, sick days, performance, smoking (none, a new rule at the time), timesheets, billing, CAD standards, and so on and so on. The manual increased over time as the 50-person firm I joined more than doubled in a short amount of time. Over that time it functioned as a means of indoctrinating new employees and providing old employees with updates. I never imagined it to be more than a dry guide to office life, something that every office has. In the hands of the Storefront for Art and Architecture and others office manuals like this one offer fascinating glimpses into the architecture profession in the United States.

2017 Holiday Gift Books

This year I'm highlighting 33 books by the same number of publishers, arranged alphabetically by publisher – from A+A to Zone. Titles and covers link to Amazon for easy gift-buying.

A+A Books
Álvaro Siza Architectural Guide: Built Projects
Edited by Maria Melo, Michel Toussaint

Facsimile of the Moment

Last night I was trying to show my daughter how one book I own – the first edition of Learning from Las Vegas – is worth so much more than many of the other books in my library combined. But instead of finding a price around $800 or maybe even over $1000  I was confronted with $74.15, "26% off a list price of $100." Wait...what?

[Covers of the larger hardcover 1972 edition and smaller paperback 1977 edition of Learning from Las Vegas by Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour]

Where I Work: Nervous System

Where I Work visits Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg of Nervous System at their Boston area studio. Founded in 2007, the firm designs and makes a range of products from housewares and jewelry to tools and interactive applications. Rosenkrantz studied biology at MIT and architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Louis-Rosenberg also attended MIT, where he majored in mathematics. Before joining Rosenkrantz at Nervous System, he worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation.

Registration – eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite architects, students, engineers, designers, and artists from around the globe to take part in the eVolo 2014 Skyscraper Competition. Established in 2006, the annual Skyscraper Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. It recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine skyscraper design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution. It is a forum that examines the relationship between the skyscraper and the natural world, the skyscraper and the community, and the skyscraper and the city.

The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to solve economic, social, and cultural problems of the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.

The competition is an investigation on the public and private space and the role of the individual and the collective in the creation of a dynamic and adaptive vertical community. It is also a response to the exploration and adaptation of new habitats and territories based on a dynamic equilibrium between man and nature – a new kind of responsive and adaptive design capable of intelligent growth through the self-regulation of its own systems.

Why Wi-Fi is Faster on the Moon than at Your Local Coffee Shop

Scientists from MIT and NASA recently demonstrated the new Wi-Fi connectivity on the moon, and it’s faster than the service that most of us get here on Earth! Given that there hasn’t been a human on the lunar surface since 1972, the question remains: why?
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MIT designs innovative wearable tech that makes it easier to network

MIT, social textiles, wearable tech, thermochromatic, wearable technology, bluetooth, social network

MIT students have designed Social Textiles, an innovative social network that helps you break the ice in the form of a t-shirt. Printed with thermochromatic ink letters, the wired t-shirts light up and spell out information to clue you in to common interests with new acquaintances, and can even notify you when a friend is nearby. The wearable technology receives information from a phone app via bluetooth.

Sewage-sampling robots could help eliminate diseases in cities, says MIT architect Carlo Ratti

Robots could soon be infiltrating urban sewage systems to identify potential outbreaks of disease before they happen, according to architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti (+ interview). (more…)