Arup asks in the title to its new report on urban buildings in 2050, “Can you imagine the urban building of the future?” It is clear that they can. Arup’s thoughtful prognostications about urban structures are available free at the web address noted below. The psychological implications of the new building forms are not addressed directly, but there clearly will be ramifications of being in “cities where everything can be manipulated in real time and where all components of the urban fabric are part of a single smart system and an internet of things.
The industry partners of the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California, Berkeley, have selected the Clif Bar and Company headquarters as the winner of the 2012 Livable Buildings Award.
AIA is making an energy-modeling guide available without charge.
The Center for Health Design has released a literature review prepared by Anjali Joseph and Xiaobo Quan that can be used to assess risks to patients in long-term living facilities.
The Getty Research Institute has launched a free online resource containing digitized materials related to architectural and art history, as well as related subjects.
Space syntax is an important design research tool. N.S. Dalton announced a new iPad app to support people doing space syntax research via a recent e-mail to the space syntax listserv (spacesyntax.jiscmail.ac.uk).
Researchers at the University of Granada have used neural networks to develop a software tool to predict noise levels in streets.
Healthcare Design has prepared an introduction to effective bariatric design in healthcare environments, which is available without charge at the web address below.
Distracting sound remains a serious issue in many workplaces and the GSA Public Buildings Service has written Sound Matters: How to Achieve Acoustic Comfort in the Contemporary Office to help rectify negative situations.
ASID has prepared its 2012 Environmental Scanning Report, which is available free at the web address noted below.