Every two years the architecture world takes over Italy for La Biennale Architettura (Venice Biennale), one of the most prestigious international architecture events in the world with origins dating back to the late 1800s. Thousands of architects, designers and educators flood the streets of Venice sharing their designs and ideas on the built environment with the public. This year, three FIU architecture professors and dozens of students will exhibit their work on this grand architecture stage. Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter will present and curate the event on Carbon-Positive Buildings, Green-Blue Infrastructure Scenarios for Miami and the Greater Island, 2018-2100, with an expert panel on Synthetic Biology for Carbon-Positive Architecture with Autodesk Life Science microbiologists and geneticists on Living Systems. Read more about it here: https://news.fiu.edu/2021/how-will-we-live-together-fius-school-of-architecture-sheds-light-at-2021-venice-biennale?fbclid=IwAR0VuhEOcgfiBw13rhC16cle5LRupe3ix_NAlYWxIxEhuAoDEXNN_FhcRLY
eCAAD Berlin 2020 Conference presentation on "GENERATIVE AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGICAL DESIGN IMAGINATIONS FOR THE MIAMI BAY AREA 2018-2100." PI: Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter with contributions from Assoc. Prof. Alfredo Andia, Dr Juhasz Levente, Dr Srikanth Namuduri, Florida International University in Miami, Architecture / Geographic Information Systems Center / Electrical & Computer Engineering, FIU, and UNIGE Genova PhD, Graduate and Master Thesis Students of the FIU CRUNCH Architecture Design Studios in Miami Beach, USA.
Two EU Belmont Forum/SUGI projects shake hands at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan for a collaboration workshop to share research information and discuss progress in their respective projects. FIU’s Professor Thomas Spiegelhalter who leads the Miami CRUNCH research team together with FIU graduate researchers Darren Ockert & Monica Dragalina, and graduate student Amaila Tomey met with Keio University’s M-NEX research team led by Professor Wanglin Yan and included PH.D and Masters students from across Asia. Keio University features the work of honorary jukuin and Pritzker Architecture Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki. Maki was also instrumental in the launch of Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), not only in the design of individual school buildings but also in the grand design of the campus itself. CRUNCH (Carbon Resilient Urban Nexus Choices) consists of over 19 project partners in the UK, Poland, Netherlands, USA, and Taiwan addressing all three sectors of the food, water, and energy nexus through an integrative, multidisciplinary approach. The Miami team is working on data-driven planning and scenario tools for integrated decision making using the Urban Living Lab (ULL) approach based at FIU’s MBUS Studio. The team is identifying a data and mapping baseline for the cities of Miami Beach [...]
The BMW Group and Daimler AG are pooling their mobility services to create a new global player providing sustainable urban mobility for customers. The two companies are investing more than €1 billion in total to develop and more closely intermesh their offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal transport. The cooperation comprises five joint ventures: REACH NOW for multimodal services, CHARGE NOW for charging, FREE NOW for taxi ride-hailing, PARK NOW for parking and SHARE NOW for car-sharing. “Our mobility services have developed a strong customer base and we are now taking the next strategic step. We are pooling the strength and expertise of 14 successful brands and investing more than €1 billion to establish a new player in the fast-growing market for urban mobility,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “By creating an intelligent network of joint ventures, we will be able to shape current and future urban mobility and draw maximum benefit from the opportunities opened up by digitalization, shared services and the increasing mobility needs of our customers. Further cooperations with other providers, including stakes in startups and established players, are also a possible [...]
Read about how a small Swiss company called Climeworks is working on commercial products to remove carbon dioxide from the atomosphere. Climeworks captures CO2 from air with the world’s first commercial carbon removal technology. Their direct air capture plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere to supply to customers to unlock a negative emissions future. Climeworks was founded by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, who decided to build a company together on the day they met at university in 2003. Direct air capture is a disruptive approach for mitigating the increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere. Industrialising direct air capture technology in turn requires disruptive engineering approaches. New York Times Magazine's Jon Gertner writes about the company in this week's magazine. Read about Climeworks in the New York Times Visit Climeworks Website