Why We Should Integrate Tactile Surfaces into Architecture

Why We Should Integrate Tactile Surfaces into Architecture

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Accessibility is one of the most important considerations in architecture, ensuring that the built environment caters to people of all abilities. However, popular conceptions of what disability and accessibility look like remain limited, and often encompass only physically disabled people such as wheelchair users. Among architectural designers especially, it is common to visualize accessibility as adding ramps, wide corridors, and elevators. However, disability can take many different forms, some less visible than others; accordingly, accessibility in architecture means much more than accommodating just wheelchair users. For the visually impaired, incorporating specific tactile elements in architecture and urban design can vastly improve the navigability of a foreign space. In this article, we talk about tactile paving specifically, including its different forms, its

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Microservice Architecture Market Next Big Thing | Major Giants Infosys, Cognizant, Nginx, Datawire

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Dec 02, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Global Microservice Architecture Market Report 2020 by Key Players, Types, Applications, Countries, Market Size, Forecast to 2026 (Based on 2020 COVID-19 Worldwide Spread) is latest research study released by HTF MI evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. The influencing Factors of growth and regulations with respect to the usage of the information, availability of highly reliable products in the market, and increase in operational efficiency of Microservice Architecture Players.The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing dynamics of Global Microservice Architecture Market . As per study key and emerging players of this market are Salesforce.Com, Inc. (U.S.), Cognizant (U.S.), Infosys Limited (India), Nginx Inc. (U.S.), Software AG (Germany), Datawire (U.S.), Microsoft Corporation (U.S.), International

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Ibizan architecture influences white walls of Casa Elisa in Argentina

Architecture studio Grupo Boreal has completed a house in Argentinian mountains with Mediterranean-style white walls and red-brick steps up to a roof terrace.



a man jumping in the air: Casa Elisa by Grupo Boreal


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Casa Elisa by Grupo Boreal

Grupo Boreal designed Casa Elisa in the mountainous area of San Clemente, which is southwest of Córdoba, with a completely bright white exterior.



a tree in front of a house: The studio chose the highest point of the site to build Casa Elisa


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The studio chose the highest point of the site to build Casa Elisa

“The markedly Mediterranean style was inspired by Ibizan architecture, with white walls, with wavy plaster and rounded edges,” said the studio, which is based in Córdoba.



a view of a living room with a wooden bench: The house is designed to make the most of views


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The house is designed to make the most of views

The 170-square-metre residence was designed in a U-shape to wrap around a north-facing patio, which the studio included to provide natural light to the interiors during winter months. The outdoor area is also topped by a roof of

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Architecture academic leads Buildings Task Group to reduce University’s carbon footprint | School of Architecture

Professor Fionn Stevenson has been working to create an action plan to reduce the University of Sheffield’s carbon footprint, with a particular focus on buildings.

Last week the University of Sheffield launched its new Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan. The Strategy sets out ambitious commitments to address the climate emergency, aiming for a net-zero campus by 2030 and net-zero across all activities by 2038. The Action Plan sets out the key steps to be taken in the coming years to move towards these goals.

Professor Fionn Stevenson, who holds a Chair in Sustainable Design in the School, led a Buildings Task Group with other academics from across the University as well as professional services staff and students, to help drive the University towards carbon neutrality in the development, management and retrofitting of its estate. The University of Sheffield has an established record of reducing carbon emissions from buildings in use

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New Charleston video game creator uses real-life architecture experience | Charleston Scene

A giant key-shaped obelisk with a streak of blue lightning running through its center rises above an icy island. Floating steel steps lead up to a Brutalist steeple contrasting with the aurora borealis sky. A futuristic spiral skyscraper looms above wintry terrain. 

These are all structures and landscapes created by local architect Scott Keyes, a Charleston native and designer at Steel Marsh Architecture, in his upcoming video game “The Eprologue.” The game, which took three years to brainstorm and create, will be released for $10 on gaming site Steam on Dec. 11.  

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Keyes took his skills from creating buildings in the real world and applied them to his own fantastical world, the “Dream World.” But, in the digi-landscape, Keyes can bend some rules, like gravity for instance. 

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The resurgence of enterprise architecture

Enterprise architecture (EA) is making a comeback. While the method for understanding and visualizing all of the business processes within an organization has been around for decades, recent changes and current trends in the industry is making organizations take a second look at how they do things. 

According to Saul Brand, senior director analyst at Gartner, research shows 76% of clients are either starting, restarting or renewing their EA practices. “What we mean by renewing [refers to] clients who are doing some form of enterprise architecture. They are most typically doing solutions and technical architecture, and doing a foundational traditional approach to EA. What is happening is that is not enough,” he said. 

The ongoing need to digitally transform and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic is bringing new meaning to why and how businesses do enterprise architecture.

“Enterprise architecture is the process of capturing enough of your organization’s information

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Salesforce revamps architecture, aims to run its applications on any public cloud

Salesforce said it will re-architect its platform so its apps will be able to run on any public cloud.

At its Dreamforce virtual conference, the company outlined Salesforce Hyperforce, which is a new architecture to deliver Salesforce 360, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Commerce Cloud and its industry-specific offerings on major public clouds.

The news lands hours after Salesforce said it would acquire Slack for $27.7 billion.

To date, Salesforce customers pay for software-as-a-service with infrastructure built in. Behind the scenes, Salesforce has its own data centers as well as an extensive partnership with Amazon Web Services. Salesforce also counts Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure as partners. 

Salesforce Hyperforce signals that the company will run on multiple clouds and give customers the ability to separate infrastructure from applications. Amid multi-cloud deployments, Hyperforce will be critical to give customers options.

Also: Salesforce launches Service Cloud Workforce Engagement, aims to

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The Future of Mobility: A Centralized Vehicle Architecture

Texas Instruments recently expanded its high-voltage power management portfolio with next-generation 650- and 600-V gallium-nitride (GaN) field-effect transistors (FETs) for automotive and industrial applications. Integrating a 2.2-MHz integrated gate driver, the devices can enable twice the power density, achieve up to 99% efficiency, and reduce the size of power magnetics by up to 59% compared to existing solutions.

Developed using proprietary materials and processing with a GaN-on-silicon (Si) substrate, these GaN FETs can address applications from driving electric-vehicle (EV) onboard chargers to empowering hyperscale and enterprise computing platforms. To get a better handle on what this represents for the engineering community, we sat down with Steve Tom, who manages the GaN product line within TI’s High-Voltage Power business unit. Steve joined TI after graduating from the University of Michigan with BSEE and MS IOE degrees.

Steve Tom, Texas InstrumentsSteve Tom, Texas Instruments

Let’s start with the trends in wide-bandgap power electronics, because in

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The Secret to Spain’s Signature Style of Wine? Centuries-Old Architecture

While modern wineries feature their share of architectural wonders, the historic bodegas of the Sherry triangle, many of which date to the mid-1800s, boast their own engineering marvels. Most were designed to create specific microclimates that encourage the development of flor, the blanket of dead yeast cells that forms over Sherry as it ages, protecting it from oxidation.

“[The architects] came up with a new style of building, combining functionality with aesthetic,” says Mario Muñoz González, Brand Ambassador for Bodegas Lustau in Cádiz, Spain. “At that time, to be recognized or known as one of the best affluent wineries of Jerez was to have tall, beautiful and impressive cellars.”

But there’s more to it than grandeur.

Every feature was taken into account. Windows and doors carefully align to take advantage of, or buffer against, the cool, humid Poniente wind from the west, as well as the hot and dry Levante

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Toronto architecture practice designs an office with community top of mind

Dubbeldam Architecture + Design renovated this building in Toronto’s Corso Italia neighbourhood and use the upper floor as their office space.

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Because it’s a mild 4 C on this overcast November Saturday, the lineup for the morning’s java jolt is five-deep at Wallace Espresso. By the time the high of 6 C is reached around 1 p.m., there will likely be more, and the lone jogger streaming past the corner of St. Clair Avenue West and Westmount Avenue in Toronto – the gateway to Corso Italia – will have turned into a group, and the door to the co-working space, Lokaal, will be glad for its well-lubricated hinges.

But it wasn’t always this way.

If 2020 has taught the architecture world anything, it’s the importance of neighbourhoods. Specifically, how to create and foster them, and then help them thrive … even in difficult times.

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