Tag: Smart Design

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Why are Alexa and Siri designed to be so nice?

Author Carla Diana explores the thinking behind why your smart devices — such as Alexa, Siri, and even exercise equipment — are intentionally designed to include social qualities.

AI-driven building facade will learn and ‘improve’ itself

A 53-story tower, dubbed Vertical Oasis, will be capable of harnessing nature through a combination of factors such as renewable energy harvesting and AI.

One highway solved three problems outside Austin, Texas

Workers needed a faster commute to Austin, Texas. Local residents needed commuters to stay off their neighborhood roads. Engineers needed to avoid an aquifer. The solution? A higher highway.

Guides offer practical help with load provisions of ASCE 7-16

To assist practicing engineers, ASCE has developed supporting guides that provide detailed descriptions of the wind, seismic, tsunami, snow, and rain load provisions in ASCE 7-16.

Regenerative design, the salvage economy, and one building’s quest to ‘live’ sustainably

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta is not like other buildings.

Setting proper rate pricing to ensure water system sustainability

A new study, “Setting Future Water Rates for Sustainability of a Water Distribution System” in the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, introduces a model to quantify investment needs.

Review: How to leave automated decision-making behind

Tired of outsourcing your decisions to technologies, experts, and rules? Author Vikram Mansharamani offers solutions in his book "Think for Yourself."

Slideshow: Foster + Partners unveils Guangming Hub master plan

Foster + Partners has released its competition-winning design for the Guangming Hub, a transit-focused development on a high-speed rail link in Shenzhen, China.

Sustainable procurement: the first step toward sustainable infrastructure

Over the past two decades there has been a push by a range of companies, communities, and governments for a higher level of sustainable infrastructure. However, to achieve sustainable development in infrastructure, you must first procure sustainable goods and services. The International Organization for Standardization defines sustainable procurement as positive environmental, social, and economic impacts possible over the entire life cycle. Considered a business...

Street smarts

Thanks to the use of sensors, cameras, connected devices, and other data-gathering technology, the streets and their surrounding infrastructure can collect valuable information to help city leaders, urban planners, transportation department officials, and various types of engineers provide myriad benefits to the public.