What Friction-Free Materials Mean for Engineering

Superlubricity might not be in your everyday vocabulary now, but it will be. Where friction exists, which is essentially everywhere, there is resistance. And conversely, lubrication acts to reduce that resistance. Although friction was understood, at least in a broad sense, several hundred years ago, there’s always been more to learn. And now scientists are…

Engineering 100 Years From Now

Engineering 100 Years From Now It’s hard to envision what the next hundred years will bring when a person looks back over the last century. Innovations in communication, transportation, architecture, electronics and the medical field have far surpassed the dreams of even the most gifted minds. Nobody has a crystal ball when it comes to…

How the AIA Plans to Implement New Equity Resolutions

Women are underrepresented in architecture, at least in power positions. The graduation requirements are the same for men and women, and nearly half of all graduates from National Architecture Accrediting Board-accredited schools are women. So why do men dominate the field? That’s what AIA San Francisco’s “Equity by Design” report examines. The Missing 32 Percent…

How Well Buildings are Getting Healthier

The green movement started with great intentions, and like any worthwhile project it has evolved. LEED certification has grown from a costly, fringe idea that only a few could manage to a relatively mainstream one that’s becoming more and more expected. And now there’s another classification and accompanying certification to think about – the WELL…