Yale School of Architecture, Environment students and faculty construct regenerative building on Horse Island

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Students and faculty of the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of the Environment worked together this year to build a teaching and research center on Horse Island, the largest of the Thimble Islands off of Branford, CT.

The Peabody Museum of Natural History is funding a new construction project on Horse Island. The project started in the spring of 2020 with the commencement of a regenerative design seminar, continued with students designing the building and will be finalized with the 10-week construction period that is currently nearing completion. The center will allow students to have authentic, field-based learning opportunities.

“The Long Island Sound and the coastal environments surrounding it are incredible and are important ecosystems that are minutes from campus but unknown to most Yale students,” David Skelly, professor of ecology and director of the Peabody Museum, said in an email to the News. “I

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Q&A: SAP and AWS accelerate shift to SAP HANA on cloud-native architecture

SAP is a core workload for many enterprises across the country and the world. In fact, many might consider it the poster child for mission-critical workloads and applications. And many enterprises are starting to run SAP on Amazon Web Services, building on a decade-old relationship between SAP and AWS and accelerating the shift to SAP HANA on cloud-native architecture.

Fernando Castillo (pictured, left), head of worldwide SAP at AWS, and Steven Jones (pictured, right), director of EC2 at AWS, spoke with Dave Vellante, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, during AWS re:Invent. They discussed SAP workloads, customers needs and the migration to AWS(* Disclosure below.)

[Editor’s note: The following has been condensed for clarity.]

What’s going on with SAP on AWS?

Jones: A lot of customers continue to migrate these mission-critical workloads to AWS. And a good example is the U.S. Navy. They moved their entire

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Billionaire Architecture Is the Real Villain of The Undoing – Slog

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The only spoiler in this post concerns contemporary capitalism. As you well know, this economic system has been something of a mystery for over 400 years. In fact, the detective novel is one of its original productions. The culprit at the center of the first detective novel, Wilkie Collins’s sensational The Moonstone? Imperialism. The novel is about the theft of a state-sanctioned theft. Something similar can be said about the HBO murder mystery, The Undoing, which Susanne Bier directed.


The series stars Hugh Grant (an oncologist and husband of Grace Fraser) and Nicole Kidman (a psychiatrist and wife of Jonathan Fraser). Jonathan and Grace have a son, Henry Fraser (Noah Jupe). Grace Fraser’s father, Franklin Reinhardt (Donald Sutherland), has the money that supports the Frasers’s Upper East Side styling. (According to Untapped New York, the “5-floor brick townhouse” in which the Frasers live “is

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World Architecture Festival announces winner of Grohe Water Research Prize

Researchers from the University of Patras in Greece have been named the winners of the Grohe Water Research Prize – part of the World Architecture Festival annual awards programme. They have won a £10,000 research prize to investigate how rainwater can be used to help cool facades of buildings in super-hot cities.

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This is the third time the prize has been awarded; other winners have included water filtration and generation programmes in Peru and Brazil. This year’s winner was announced during the WAFVirtual event taking place online between 30 November – 4 December where the winning team presented their ideas.

The project is a suspended modular lightweight facade system for evaporative cooling with harvested rainwater. A light-weight structure, which can be retrofitted to existing building facades, will now be developed with façade consultants.

Rainwater will be collected in a roof-tank and used within the system

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Axiom Space Grows Commercial Space Station Architecture

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Artist’s concept of Axiom Station.

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HOUSTON—Axiom Space, selected by NASA to berth the first element of an eventual commercial low Earth orbit-crewed free flyer at the International Space Station (ISS) in 2024, has significantly upgraded the architecture of its planned Axiom Station, providing an initial four-person crew capability…


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Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum Opens for Lovers of Art and Architecture

The Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum is an innovative and informative platform now available to art enthusiasts, students, architects, and designers of all stripes looking for a rewarding stay-at-home online art experience. The Museum features 33 galleries filled with striking visuals and fascinating histories. It is the work of renowned Philadelphia architect and art aficionado Joel Levinson.

“Our mission is to explain, and preserve examples of Diagonality worldwide,” said Levinson.

The Daring Diagonal Virtual Museum is perfect for families and individuals looking for a virtual escape during this time of social-distancing, especially when many museums are not open, and during the upcoming holidays. Access to the Museum is without charge.

Levinson became intrigued with how artists and designers began using diagonal shapes and angular relationships when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania (1957-1963). He found it both puzzling and compelling as the use of these unique shapes possessed

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Is Architecture Due for a Reckoning? This Pritzker Prize Winner Says Yes.

a statue of an elephant: Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi says architecture is due for a cultural reckoning. He speaks to ELLE Decor about career longevity, Philip Johnson, and more.

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Pritzker Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi says architecture is due for a cultural reckoning. He speaks to ELLE Decor about career longevity, Philip Johnson, and more.

Indian Pritzker Prize laureate Balkrishna Doshi recently spoke to ELLE Decor articles editor Charles Curkin about diversions during quarantine, and whether design can actually help you live longer. Above: Doshi at Amdavad Ni Gufa, the iconic art gallery he designed in Ahmedabad, India.

ELLE Decor: How have you spent your quarantine?

Balkrishna Doshi: I’ve been locked in the house by my family. I’ve been completely isolated. But I’m enjoying the world, and there hasn’t been much change except that I watch a lot of movies—Indian comedies. They present some very unexpected intrigue.

ED: Have you somehow found an escape through isolation?

BD: I turn to my subconscious. The best way is to get lost in it. When there is no

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DOD Shares Details on Zero Trust Architecture Timeline

The Defense Department has completed the initial draft of its zero trust reference architecture, a set of guidelines meant to evolve the agency’s cybersecurity protocols beyond traditional perimeter defense operations. 

Joseph Brinker, chief of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s security enablers portfolio, told Nextgov in an email the initial draft was completed in October. It has since been released for staffing across the department as part of the DOD chief information officer’s “formal enterprise architecture content review, assessment, and approval process,” Brinker said. 

Final approval of the reference architect will come after all the input from this process is worked through. This process will likely be completed midway through quarter two in fiscal year 2021, Brinker said. 

DISA originally announced it would work on a zero trust reference architecture for the department in July during AFCEA International’s annual Army Signal Conference. 

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of DISA as well

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Neri&Hu embody ethos of “reflective nostalgia” with own architecture studio in Shanghai

Multidisciplinary studio Neri&Hu has converted an office and staff dormitory building in Shanghai into its own architecture and design offices named No 31.

a dining room table: Neri&Hu architecture studio in Shanghai

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Neri&Hu architecture studio in Shanghai

Part of a former industrial complex in Shanghai’s Jing’an Temple area, the block is the latest building that Neri&Hu has converted into its own offices as the studio has expanded since it was formed in 2004.

a large empty room: Neri&Hu converted a former dormitory into its own architecture studio

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Neri&Hu converted a former dormitory into its own architecture studio

“For us, there is always some value to be found in these urban artefacts that are closely interwoven with the fabric of the city,” explained studio founders Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu.

“Even if they seem unremarkable, they bring a sense of continuity that something created from a tabula rasa could not offer,” the pair told Dezeen.

“No. 31 is a culmination of many ‘obsessions’ we’ve been exploring

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Architecture in Mexico: Emblematic Houses of Valle de Bravo

Architecture in Mexico: Emblematic Houses of Valle de Bravo

Terreno House / Fernanda Canales. Image © Jaime Navarrom House / saavedra arquitectos. Image © Ricardo De La ConchaEntrepinos / Taller Hector Barroso. Image © Rory GardinerCRA House / Estudio MMX. Image © Rafael Gamo+ 31

Mexico’s Valle de Bravo region, to the southeast of Mexico City, is characterized by the Presa Miguel Alemán lake, created in 1947 as a reservoir for Mexico City and Toluca’s water supply. Thanks to its proximity to the capital, Valle de Bravo is a popular weekend destination for residents of surrounding cities. This in turn has sparked the interest of various architects, who have aimed to create projects that enhance visitors’ experience such as offering an optimal view of the lake, or an immersive experience in the surrounding forest. 

Several architects and firms such as Alberto Kalach, Fernanda Canales, Dellekamp Arquitectos, Estudio MMX, and PPAA Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados, to name a

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