Could evaporating water be the newest renewable energy source? Columbia researchers harnesses the power of bacterial spores

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The Moisture Mill (Courtesy ExtremeBio)

A biophysicist at Columbia University has discovered how to tap evaporating water as an electrical energy source using a simple device made from bacterial spores, glue, and LEGO bricks. Ozgur Sahin’s findings operate at the cellular level, based around his research on the Bacillus bacteria, a microorganism commonly found in soil—and its implications could potentially be far reaching.

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Read all about it: Obama Presidential Library reportedly headed for Chicago

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)

The Associated Press has reported that Barack Obama‘s presidential library will be in his adopted hometown of Chicago. After months of speculation that the 44th President of the United States might site his legacy project in New York City—where he attended Columbia University—or his birth city of Honolulu, Hawaii, multiple unnamed sources cited by the AP and other publications say Obama and his nonprofit foundation have settled on Chicago, where he forged his political career.

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Columbia’s Scott Marble named new chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture

Scott Marble, the new chair of Georgia Tech's School of Architecture. (Courtesy Georgia Tech/Scott Marble)

Scott Marble, the new chair of Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture. (Courtesy Georgia Tech/Scott Marble)

Georgia Tech announced this week that Scott Marble, adjunct associate professor of architecture at Columbia University and founding partner of Marble Fairbanks, will take the helm as the new chair of the university’s School of Architecture starting July 1.

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SCAPE’s Kate Orff to take over GSAPP’s Urban Design Program

Kate Orff. (Courtesy SCAPE)

Kate Orff. (Courtesy SCAPE)

Kate Orff, the founder of SCAPE Landscape Architecture, will head up the Urban Design Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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Friday> Columbia University panel to discuss the intersection of politics and the printed page

Design, East, On View
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Political action and its relationship to the printed page is the subject of an afternoon event at Columbia University on Friday, March 27, at 12:00 p.m. Three young architecture historians—Samuel Johnson, Simon Sadler, Meredith TenHoor—will present their research on artists, architects, and other creatives who use the printed page as a platform to advance positions in both thought and design. Felicity Scott of Columbia will respond and discuss how print becomes a site of spatial politics. The event will take place in GSAPP’s Ware Lounge. More info here.

In Construction> Columbia’s Renzo Piano–designed Science Center and Center for the Arts

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center. (Courtesy Field Condition)

The Jerome L. Greene Science Center. (Courtesy Field Condition)

Just six miles north of Renzo Piano’s highly-anticipated, High Line–adjacent, Whitney Museum, two other projects birthed from the same Italian brain are moving forward: Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Speaking of brains, the nine-story, glass-encased Science Center is the future home of the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Initiative.

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A new website from Columbia traces the intersection of real estate and architecture

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Architects, perhaps more than any other professional group, understand property and real estate and the role it plays in the construction of buildings. But it’s not often talked about it in their monographs or symposia where they prefer to speak about their designs as internally generated or part of a closed history of architecture. A new website, House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate, from Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, hopes to help foreground the importance of real estate in the design, development, and construction of buildings.

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Under Construction> Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building

diller scofidio + renfro's under-construction COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL & GRADUATE EDUCATION BUILDING. (Courtesy Field Condiiton)

diller scofidio + renfro’s under-construction COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL & GRADUATE EDUCATION BUILDING. (Courtesy Field Ccondition

When an under-construction project is just a skeleton of its future self, its nearly impossible to gauge the impact of the finished product. Sure, you’ve got renderings, but as AN has covered before, those are usually chock full of visual embellishments like dramatic sunsets, hot air balloons, and so. many. kayaks. So while it’s probably best to reserve judgment on Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Columbia University Medical and Graduate Education Building until it opens in 2016, let’s just call a spade a spade right now: this thing is going to be a very dramatic, very zigzag-y addition to Washington Heights.

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Chicago Architectural Club calls for speculative proposals on Obama Library

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A previously released proposal for the Obama Presidential Library. (michael sorkin studio)

As several Chicago sites—as well as institutions in New York City and Hawaii—vie to host Barack Obama’s Presidential Library, the Chicago Architectural Club is “calling for speculative proposals” to consider the design impacts of the nation’s 14th presidential library.

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Eavesdrop> Obama Library Showdown

Architecture, Eavesdroplet, Midwest
Monday, November 17, 2014
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The Chicago skyline. (Photo by Tim Rogers / Flickr; Montage by AN)

The Chicago skyline. (Photo by Tim Rogers / Flickr; Montage by AN)

And then there were four. The committee in charge of picking a site for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum narrowed the playing field to four illustrious institutions of higher learning, with two in Chicago. The University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of Hawaii have until December 11 to submit their bids, just in time to kick back and sip some eggnog while the president gears up for his last two years in office.

Archtober Building of the Day #19> Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University

Architecture, East
Monday, October 20, 2014
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(Rochelle Thomas)

Archtober Building of the Day #19
Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University
Broadway & 218th Street
Steven Holl Architects

We rode the subway to the northern tip of Manhattan to tour Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The design, based on football play diagrams, incorporates “points on the ground, lines in space” that develop from the sloping site in this industrial section of Inwood. Olaf Schmidt, associate-in-charge of the project, led the Archtober tour through the building.

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Obama library round-up: Woodlawn, Lakeside, Bronzeville and more vying for nation’s 14th presidential library

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HOK’s scheme for Bronzeville. (HOK)

Speculation over the future site of President Barack Obama’s presidential library has picked up as a slew of Chicago sites—as well as some in New York, Hawaii, and even Kenya—made the June deadline for proposals. Ultimately the decision is up to the President and the board tasked with developing what will be the nation’s 14th presidential library, but dozens of groups are attempting to tug at that group’s ears. (Even I used AN‘s June editorial page to consider the library’s urban impact.) Here’s a round-up of some of the Chicago proposals made public so far.

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