This Week in Tech: Online Directories to Find Black, Indigenous, Colored Architects, and Women Architects


The design community collaborated to create BIPOC Studios, a living Google Doc spreadsheet listing architecture, engineering, and planning firms founded and owned by Black, Indigenous, and Color professionals. Launched on June 5, the list aims to “make it easier to find a job at these studios,” according to an Instagram post from Food New York founder Dong Ping-Wong, who co-signed the post with Off founder. -White Virgil Abloh. , Agency — Agency founder Tei Carpenter, artist Hassan Rahim, architectural designer Naïla Opiangah, Leong Leong co-founder Dominic Leong, architect Aimee Chang, Morpholio community director Joey Swerdlin, l artist and architectural historian Esther Choi, the co-founder of Clocks Mahfuz Sultan, and architect Oana Stănescu. The spreadsheet currently lists over 125 studios worldwide and includes contact details, market and recruiting status for each studio. [BIPOC Studios]

Courtesy of RebelArchitette

RebelArchitette, based in Bergamo, Italy, launched an interactive world map of women architects to provide “both a source of inspiration for young professionals and a repertoire accessible to anyone interested in a more accurate portrayal of the work of architects. women in architecture (such as journalists, professional bodies, event planners, academics, jury planners, etc.). The Women Architects World Map currently lists 732 leading companies and studios, double its initial list of 365 designers that the organization first published in its eBook. Architette = Women Architects: here we are, which debuted at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The site’s homepage notes: “Yes, we started with gender disparities, but we’re definitely going further.” [RebelArchitette]

The American Institute of Architects has released a set of strategies and 3D models created to help employers and businesses reopen more safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mitigation strategies were developed by a team of architects, public health experts, engineers and facility managers as part of the ‘Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings’ initiative. ‘AIA, “according to the AIA press release. [ARCHITECT]

Courtesy of Ars Electronica
“Design by Decay, Decay by Design”, by Andrea Ling

The European Commission has named two winners for its STARTS 2020 Prize, which, according to its website, recognizes “innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts that have what it takes to have a significant impact on economic and social innovation “. Canadian architect, installation artist and DesignGuild co-founder Andrea Ling was recognized for “Design by Decay, Decay by Design,” a collection of artifacts that feature “designed decomposition”. Its “feedstock system included biocomposites of chitin, cellulose, and pectin, derived from shrimp exoskeletons, waste tree pulp and fruit skins,” noted Ling, a former research assistant and designer of the Mediated Matter Group of MIT Media Lab, in its project statement. Russian artist Olga Kisseleva also won the prize for her project “Bio-art: when a tree became a partner”. Each winner will receive € 20,000 (approximately $ 23,000). [Ars Electronica]

“The heartbreaking crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic brings a rare opportunity for the architecture, planning and construction community,” writes Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, FAIA, in his most recent chronicle for ARCHITECT. [ARCHITECT].

Researchers at Cornell University and Ryerson University in Toronto have developed new “smart parking software” that takes into account walking distance, cruising time, parking lot occupancy and time. waiting for drivers, in addition to giving priority to those who are willing to pay more for a place. . Existing parking applications that rely on sensors can become ineffective because parking spaces can be taken up quickly, making “an unencumbered route very congested,” say the study’s authors. [Cornell University]

WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey will be leaving his coworking startup at the end of June. McKelvey, who served as the company’s chief culture officer and was one of the few original executives remaining, publicly announced his departure on social media, calling it “one of the toughest decisions of my life. life”. [ARCHITECT]

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign were inspired by the iridescence of opals and the color-changing abilities of chameleons to alter the 3D printing process and expand the material palette. In their article “Tunable Structural Color of Bottlebrush Block Copolymers Using Direct Write 3D Printing From Solution,” the researchers explain how they meticulously imprinted photonic crystals, a nanostructure that affects the movement of photons, which reflects different colors depending on the speed at which they were printed. “In this work, we take advantage of the main advantage of 3D printing – the high level of hardware / software integration – to precisely direct the assembly of materials during the off-balance printing process and to generate patterned PCs with tunable domain size and color, ”the researchers write. [Science Advances]

Courtesy of CannonDesign

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise globally, but CannonDesign hopes to help flatten the curve with the launch of its COVID Shield, a modular testing facility that allows individuals to be screened without having physical contact. directly with health personnel. administer the tests. [ARCHITECT]

BMW i Ventures, the tech-driven automaker’s venture capital fund, has announced an investment in Prometheus Fuels, an energy start-up in Santa Cruz, Calif. That is developing net zero gasoline generated by removing carbon dioxide. carbon from the air. Founded by Rob McGinnis, the company hopes to replace “all fuels made from oil and gas with net zero carbon fuels”, thereby reducing global carbon emissions by about 25%. “By creating carbon neutral gasoline from CO2 captured in the air, Prometheus Fuels can massively and immediately reduce the climate impact of today’s internal combustion engines, ”said Greg Smithies, partner of BMW i Ventures, in a statement. [BMW i Ventures]

Jim. W. Sealy, FAIA, an architect known for shaping inclusive national building codes and standards that made buildings more accessible, has died aged 82. [ARCHITECT]


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