Temporary Structures


TRON: Architecture of Light

Director Joseph Kosinki is making his big-screen directorial debut with the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie after a well accomplished career as commercial director behind the “Starry Night” - Halo 3 and “Mad-World” - Gears of War commercials.  While creating the visual look for TRON Kosinski relied on his background architecture to create the scientific, geometrical and glossy world.

In architecture school, Joseph Kosinski had to post his work in class for professor critiques before returning to the drawing board to fix his mistakes. Years later, he used the same approach to codify the look of Disney’s Tron: Legacy

Inspired by real-world architects Kosinki looked to the clean and stark pioneers of modern architecture like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn.  “This is a world that had to be designed from scratch,” says Kosinski. “I don’t know how you can direct a movie like this if you’re not interested in design and architecture. It became the guiding philosophy.”

Read the entire interview with Joseph Kosinki on Fast Company.


Inside the Teen Brain

By NewsDesk

Ever wonder what’s going on in the teen mind?

Adriana Galvan, a UCLA psychologist who studies the structure, function and firing patterns of teen brains, says the architecture of the teen brain is fundamentally different than that of an adult.  And the brain doesn’t make decisions or manage stress the same way.  

“Teenagers experience stress as more stressful,” Galvan says.  

Miles O’Brien explores the subject in the National Science Foundation’s latest Science Nation piece.

*For the record, the National Science Foundation is an underwriter of the NewsHour.


This’ll open up an entire new avenue of research for rooftop solar panels, and may help further tip the balance in favor of solar for helping the environment and your wallet.

RCS Highlights:

Those solar panels on top of your roof aren’t just providing clean power; they are cooling your house.. too, according to a team of researchers… Using thermal imaging, researchers determined that during the day, a building’s ceiling was 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler under solar panels than under an exposed roof. At night, the panels help hold heat in, reducing heating costs in the winter.

“Talk about positive side-effects,” said Kleissl.

As solar panels sprout on an increasing number of residential and commercial roofs, it becomes more important to consider their impact on buildings’ total energy costs, Kleissl said. His team determined that the amount saved on cooling the building amounted to getting a 5 percent discount on the solar panels’ price, over the panels’ lifetime. Or to put it another way, savings in cooling costs amounted to selling 5 percent more solar energy to the grid than the panels are actually producing— for the building researchers studied… Also, the more efficient the solar panels, the bigger the cooling effect, said Kleissl. For the building researchers analyzed, the panels reduced the amount of heat reaching the roof by about 38 percent…

“There are more efficient ways to passively cool buildings, such as reflective roof membranes,” said Kleissl. “But, if you are considering installing solar photovoltaic, depending on your roof thermal properties, you can expect a large reduction in the amount of energy you use to cool your residence or business.”

via realcleverscience:


Jessica Tuchman Mathews, the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, is one of the most astute observers of US policy. Below is her commentary following President Obama’s latest speech on Afghanistan. It is also available at