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Take a moment to enjoy an article on COD's Big Cities | Big Ideas Conference in New York from the recent issue of YAF's Connection magazine. The article contains interviews of attendees including Chicago's Linda Just, AIA, COD Emerging Professionals Chair Andy King, AIA and a fantastic quote from Sacramento architect Peter Saucerman, AIA describing an experience from the first COD conference he attended. Thank you to Wyatt Frantom, AIA and Ian Merker, AIA for putting the article together.

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http://network.aia.org/viewdocument/?DocumentKey=90025dbe-dec9-436a-b893-784e996a38be
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The Royal Institute of British Architects-USA President James Karl Fischer, RIBA, AIA, PhD, is a speaker in the Symposium. Dr. Fischer is dedicated to enhancing the participation of architects in their own governance and that of architecture, serving as Overseas Council Member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), Trustee the RIBA-USA, Lifetime Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Copper Sustaining Member of the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), former International Committee Chair of the AIA New York Chapter and twice presenter for ARCASIA.  He develops partnerships within and amongst institutions, associations and NGOs in order to address critical environmental and political challenges. He founded The Zoological Lighting Institute to serve as a bridge between animal welfare advocacy and wildlife conservation efforts. This organization maintains a mission to “Support photobiology research, through animal welfare, wildlife conservation advocacy and healthy environmental development.”  A US Based architect, Dr Fischer owns and operates ‘Zoological Lighting Services”, an architectural firm that adopts a position that the natural luminous environment is crucial for organizing space. Light takes center stage in the effort to improve the environmental welfare and mental stimulation of our communities.  Both “The Zoological Lighting Institute” and “Zoological Lighting Services” promote vigorous and healthy strategies for living on the planet. Having completed a Ph.D. in Architectural Histories/Theories at the Architectural Association in London after study in physics and architecture/architectural lighting, Dr. Fischer advances architectural theories through sensitivity to semiotics, the natural sciences and pragmatics.  An avid pedagogue, he teaches a variety of courses in architectural histories, theories, lighting and design.
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It was my pleasure to have a phone interview with Elizabeth Minnis, the Deputy Commissioner at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) in Massachusetts. In the upcoming AIA AAJ National Conference on Nov. 5-7 in St. Louis, Elizabeth is going to present one of the sessions on the topic: One Mission – Justice with Dignity and Speed – A Strategic Plan in Implementation Mode. The following is the recap of the phone interview:

Q: What is your background? How does it fit into this strategic plan and implementation process?

A: I am an architect working for the state agency – the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance – in Massachusetts. Having been with the agency for the past 16 years, I started as a project manager in my first year, during which the state Legislature adopted a $730 million bond bill to fund various construction projects. At that time, the woman who was involved in the strategy planning took a maternity leave, so I had to fill in the position. That was a great education, and I was fascinated by the court system, correctional, and law enforcement projects.

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As one of the AIA AAJ Travel Scholars, I look forward to attending the AAJ National Conference from Nov. 5 to 7 in St. Louis. I have been deeply involved in the design and construction of courthouses and other detention facilities. Justice architecture presents its unique challenges: it is highly technical and carries a tremendous amount of social responsibilities. It is fascinating to see how modern technology transforms a historical courthouse, or to see how we as the designers can address the sensitivity serving the family law in a courthouse facility, for instance. The tour to the Old Courthouse and the various discussions on courthouse design at the Architecture for Social Justice 

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In anticipation of the upcoming AAJ 2014 National Conference, Session TB03: Justice for ALL: Embracing Diversity in Civic Design, the following photo shows the Porterville Courthouse in California, serving as an example to illustrate the courthouse planning in an underserved, growing county. (Photo below courtesy of CO Architects)

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Hello! I am currently a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati, where I am pursuing a master's degree in Architecture. I am currently in my thesis year, and my research is focused on the ability of architecture to create spaces that empower women. I am also researching the design of domestic violence shelters, as this will be the project to accompany my research.

As an AIA AAJ Scholar, I'm very excited to attend the AAJ conference this November in St. Louis.  It looks like the conference content will be very interesting - with lots of content on justice design.  I'm looking forward to attending as many conference sessions as possible, meeting other professionals interested in social design, gaining knowledge to contribute to my educational experience, and getting to experience St. Louis for the first time.

As the conference approaches, I'll be posting a few interest pieces and also blogging during the conference; so look for more posts to follow.  Also, please feel free to send any suggestions for conference topics you would be interested in learning more about or must-see places in St. Louis!
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The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will challenge speakers as well as the delegates to re-invent the post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.

Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project including the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, the symposium will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.

We are honored that the Royal Institute of British Architects' Immediate Past President, Angela Brady PPRIBA, FRIAI, FRSA, HonFRIAS, PhD(Hon), FAIA, FRIAC, has taken the time to chime in about the Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium, as well as 2009 TED Fellow Francis L. de los Reyes III, Ph.D. Here's what they have to say:



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Hello and welcome to my blog for the AIA AAJ 2014 conference! The theme this year is Architecture for Social Justice and judging from the 3 day schedule it looks like there is a plethora of interesting and informative subject matter. I am personally looking forward to attending as many sessions possible geared toward the Corrections side of Justice Architecture. I am also totally pleased to be earning AIA credits to continue practicing architecture as a licensed professional. This is in fact the first time I will ever have had to renew my license. To give some career background about myself and my interest in corrections architecture, I have worked for a company called Dewberry for the past 6 years and we have some incredible talent, experience and portfolio when it comes to justice facilities. You name the type of justice facility (court house, prison, public safety), Dewberry has done it. The architects I work with know this stuff in their sleep and I am trying to learn best practices from them so that I may some day be fluent and on the cutting edge in the world of Justice Architecture. I have had the opportunity to be involved with nearly 10 Justice facilities in the past 6 years, working closely with some of the innovators of corrections architecture. The complexity of planning and securing a prison building is extremely interesting. The intention of law is to protect society and serve justice to criminals, and our role as architects is how we make designs that contribute to socially conscious environments while keeping our society safe. See you in November!
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The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will challenge speakers as well as the delegates to re-invent the post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.

The Office Director for Program Resources Management of the United States Agency for International Development, Mr Clay W. Epperson, is a speaker in the Symposium. He will discuss a new urban development project for which they seek solicitations and proposals.

Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project including the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, the symposium will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.

Members of the U.S. Whitehouse also shared their insights:

“Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked out, and a unique role for (Filipino) architects defined. (This) symposium will be hugely important as the one year anniversary of the disaster (Haiyan/Yolanda) approaches,”
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My name is José Flasterstein I'm architect in Costa Rica, and AIA international member, at this momento we are participating, in an International tender, organized by the Inter-American Development Bank, in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice of Costa Rica.
The project includes the design of sixs prison for a total of 425,000 square meters

We are looking for an american company with prison design experience, that can participate with us in this tender.

We have limited time until October the 30th to present the list of profesionales with a specific experience
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The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will challenge speakers as well as the delegates to re-invent the post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.

Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project including the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, the symposium will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.


Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA

Upon learning about the upcoming symposium, the 2015 AIA National President-Elect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, said "The symposium sounds awesome. I commend your efforts to help rebuild after the terrible Typhoon Haiyan. Resilience is a major focus area for the AIA."

Members of the U.S. Whitehouse also shared their insights:
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The Zoological Lighting Institute is soon to release its documentary film, 'Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night' and 'The Light of the Genji'.

We are screening these films at the Cultural Center of the Philippines during the Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium. These films might change the way architects see light forever! In a fun night of film, dinner, and discovery complemented by luminescent drinks and dessert, speakers, guests, and delegates of the symposium will explore what it is to live at night in the digital age. We will watch advance screenings of the two films, discover strategies to conserve the luminous environment in a Keynote speech by James Karl Fischer PhD, (Executive Director of The Zoological Lighting Institute), and explore together under the brilliance of fireflies and art designed to celebrate the night!

(Filming at Night in Kyushu, as a Typhoon Approaches...

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Mr. Jose Emmanuel H. Jalandoni, Ayala Land (Hotels & Resorts) President, Ayala Land, Inc. Senior Vice President, and Ayala Land, Inc. (Capital and Hotels) Group Head, will speak in the Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium. The hospitality industry plays an important role in immediate relief in times of natural hazards--be it for temporary housing or relief efforts. Mr Jalandoni will speak about the initiatives of Ayala Land Hotels & Resorts at the height of relief efforts for Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Bloomberg Businessweek describes his background as a "CFA (who) serves as the Head of Hotels & Resorts, Head of Commercial Offices and Senior Vice President at Ayala Land, Inc. Mr. Jalandoni serves as the President at Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp. He serves as Treasurer of Ayala Property Partners Corporation, Ayala Property Partners Holding Corporation, First Gateway Real Estate Corporation, Glensworth Development, Inc., One Dela Rosa Property Development, Inc., UP North Property Holdings,
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Manila, Philippines -- The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium's official venue in Manila is the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It is "designed by Philippine National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin. It is a primary example of the architect's signature style known as the floating volume, a trait can be seen in structures indigenous to the Philippines such as the nipa hut. Being a work of a National Artist, the brutalist structure is qualified to be an important cultural landmark as stipulated in Republic Act No. 10066." via Wikipedia


(Image credit: "CCP Tanghalang Pambansa Collage-2012" by Nixenzo)

Organized and led by the
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Melissa Sterry, this year's honoree in the 'Forty Over 40' List, will be a speaker in the Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium. Forbes.com describes the list as one that "recognizes both the wisdom that comes with age and the potential for later achievements. It rewards innovation and disruption." She is a "Design Scientist, and founder of Bionic City which seeks to answer the question “How Would Nature Design a City?’ and a collaborator in Leapfrog Project which works in partnership with organisations including American Institute of Architects (AIA International and AIA NY DfRR) and RIBA-USA to develop blueprints for rebuilding urban areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan," described by Whitney Johnson in the '40 Over 40 Asks' Blog.



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Chicago, IL. (September 27, 2014) — More people are now living in natural disaster-prone areas resulting from climate change. In 2013, over 22 million people were displaced by natural disasters, as reported and backed by the UN in the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) Global Estimates. That year, category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines displaced 4.1 million people alone — a million more than the combined effects experienced in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania.

Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project including the American Institute of Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA International, "Leapfrog From Disaster" will be held in the Philippines on November 1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience, Architecture, and Ecology.

“Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked out, and a unique role for (Filipino) architects defined. (This) symposium will be hugely important as the one year anniversary of the disaster (Haiyan/Yolanda) approaches,”
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What is interior protection?

A temporary interior protection system (TIPS) can be installed in manufacturing plants, hospitals, schools, warehouses and production facilities. Different TIPS services include Construction Wall Barriers, Suspended Ceilings, and High Structure Cleaning. Temporary interior protection systems employ reinforced engineered poly film and other installation methods. They help prevent re-roofing and re-modeling debris from contaminating clean-room environments. They are useful in retail stores, office spaces, and commercial establishments.

Interior protection is part of the construction of the space. It involves the application of systems that will keep the environment clean and free from contamination against dust and debris during re-roofing and remodeling projects. This then gives a higher level of peace of mind.  Another application of interior protection is construction wall barriers, used to separate a construction project that produces dust, debris, and/or odor from the rest of business operations.
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