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Extreme weather, increased forest fires, storms of great magnitude, changes in flora and fauna in several areas: Climate change is not a remote future event. What should be the role of the architect to this event? Much has been made of global warming and its consequences, one of the activities contributing to this change is building. Last December 12 at the head of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, could approve the Consensus of Paris, a navigation chart with instructions to curb emissions of greenhouse gases with a global commitment of the participating countries to reduce and keep the temperature rise no more than 1.5 °. And architectural...
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I just wanted to start by saying what an honor and privilege it was for me to attend the 2015 AIA AAJ Conference in Miami. This being the first AIA conference that I attended, I really didn’t know what to expect. Being a recent graduate I haven’t been around the architecture profession long enough to be exposed to all the sectors of architecture, most particularly Justice Architecture. I knew this was something I wanted to gain exposure on based on the discussions that were being led and the scheduled sessions that were selected for the conference. I’m glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised on the varying discussions and potential solutions that...
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Hello to all AIA and AIA AAJ members out there! Hello to all community stakeholders ! What a great conference! I just wanted to write to say thank you to the AIA AAJ! Thanks for choosing me as a 2015 Knowledge Scholar and welcoming me with open arms. Thank you for coming together to set up powerful, impactful, and meaningful sessions. I am still sitting here full of gratitude as my mind continues to absorb everything that was shared. I am truly excited about what the future holds and that this group is choosing to part of the solution and not part of the problem. This topic of Community/Criminal Justice is near and dear to my...
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Garages are a great asset that often reel home buyers in, but over the course of the years can become cluttered and unsightly with old decorations, tools and plenty of other knickknacks that we're too attached to let go of but have no real place for indoors. If you're garage has become disorganized over the years, or you've picked up a new hobby that could use some space, consider these 10 must-haves to give yourself the ultimate garage makeover. 1. Metal Shelves Storing all your objects in boxes and bins can get chaotic and messy, so installing shelves will allow you to organize all of your objects in an accessible manner and also free up a...
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It was such a pleasure and honor to attend the 2015 AAJ conference this year. I met so many talented, though-leading people and learned so much about justice architecture, restorative justice, courthouse design, mental health issues and so much more. It was impressive to see panels of owners, architects, and stakeholders come together and brainstorm solutions. I can not thank the AIA AAJ enough for this opportunity. Take a look at the images below that document my experience in Miami: A view from the front of the Conrad Miami hotel where the conference was held and we stayed. The view from our balcony. Tom Perica...
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In the ancient city of Babylon, it's said the Hanging Gardens were a feat of modern engineering. Unfortunately, we can only theorise what the city looked like as it's the only Wonder of the Ancient World we've been unable to conclude where it once sat. The Lost City of Atlantis could be a complete hoax, but whether or not it's sitting at the bottom of the sea it was still meant to be more advanced than any other city on the planet. Apart from a few similar examples, you don't notice any big changes to cities in a short frame of time unless a more advanced civilisation springs to life . This time, it will be different because we're living in the...
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I was not sure whether I was going to this conference or not, as I had participated three Conferences in the row and I wanted to have a little break. But at last minute I decided to go, after all, how often you could get to an AIA Conference in Milan and at the same time experience the EXPO (which last time it was in Milan on 1906). Milan is universally recognised as the economic capital of Italy but it is also a world capital of art, fashion, and design. Historical buildings, villas, monuments, modern-architectural buildings, churches and abbeys all offer a variety of styles and striking details that are well worth getting to know. Key architects with...
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“New Orleans hates change,” shared one of our tour guides, yet this city experienced an incredible series of disasters: a hurricane, failure of infrastructure, and political shortcomings. Over the past decade, the city has emerged from the f erocious social and political issues with a strong vision for the communities that call New Orleans home once again. The last time I had been in New Orleans was in July of 2006. I arrived with a group from my church in an effort to help two families literally dig out of the debris and wreckage that filled their homes following hurricane Katrina. We stripped it down the bare studs so they could either rebuild...
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I want to say thank you to AIA CAE and EdSpaces for hosting an excellent conference in New Orleans! The conference was both a fun and engaging experience for me. My time in New Orleans with other education design professionals provided a space to discuss the overarching challenges facing education in the United States. As I return to my work, resolving much more fine grain design challenges every day, I enjoy thinking of the educational implications of each line I draw. While I would have been interested to dive deeper into the architectural implications of educational revitalization and reform in the focused sessions, the conference provided a broad...
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A couple of decades ago, the paradigm shift in corrections included implementing a direct supervision model at facilities. Renovations and new construction projects looked at how to design facilities to support correctional officers monitoring inmate behavior from within the housing unit instead of outside of the housing unit. During this time, rising population projections were analyzed to determine which inmates were best suited for a direct supervision environment. Now, direct supervision is the norm. The new paradigm shift involves correctional facilities with a flat or moderate incline in population but with a nuanced population. The...
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The session “A New Prescription: Mental Illness and County Jails” introduces Douglas County, Kansas as a proprietor looking for a new solution on the issues dealing with mental health in their detention facility. It will be addressing the aggravating environments that are often created for those vulnerable individuals where segregation is not a suitable option; while also addressing the social stigma and discrimination that is often developed from the negative cultural sanctions on mental health. The session will be led by: Margaret Severson, a Correction Mental Health Consultant whose services are utilized in detention systems...
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The even t is a three-part session that explores objectives developed by community stakeholders that define ways a new justice facility can support a sustainable and resilient Miami community. The Restorative Justice Visioning Event will demonstrate how to pursue objectives that best support sustainable, resilient communities and maximize the potential of individuals. Restorative Justice Visioning Event Sessions RJVisioning Part 1: A 2050 Vision (Friday 11/20, 9:45 am – 11:15 am) RJVisioning Part 2: Goals and Actions (Friday 11/20, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm) RJVisioning Part 3: Defining Values and Success...
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While the attention for judicial building has significantly increased from the public as well as the architectural world, the design principles of judicial buildings and courthouses remain rooted in nineteenth century standards. This session, “Looking Sideways: Reframing Current Courthouse Design”, begins to challenge the standard by presenting a new model on courthouse form through a sectional perspective. Eight models will be presented that capture the theory of having the building section be the main driver of form. This session is built on eight years of research conducted by the Shape Computation Lab (SCL) at the School of Architecture, Georgia Institute...
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In preparation for the Fall AAJ Conference session, Police Facilities for Millennials and Beyond , I asked several of my work colleagues, friends and family what they thought of when they heard the term 'millennial'. A surprisingly large amount of initial responses were, "what's a millennial ?" Aside from that, I got a quite wide range of opinions that made me feel the need, as a Millennial myself, to illustrate 5 common misconceptions about the generation. Adopting a Millennial mindset is an important consideration because Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2030 . How would you define a Millennial? ...
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" Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people will have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world ." - Jack Ma Young people are the key to the success of the future, that is what the Juvenile Justice Reform is so important. Take a look at the infographic below that I created in preparation for the 2015 AAJ conference that highlights some important statistics about girls sexual abuse and the juvenile justice system. How do you think architecture can improve juvenile detention facilities? Click here for full size image Make sure...
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While California's Prison Realignment initiative is extremely political along with being both highly praised and broadly contested, it still is a step in the right direction toward addressing overcrowding and prisoner access to proper medical care in state prisons across the globe. In preparation for the upcoming Fall AAJ conference session, I decided to take a closer look at prisoner Marciano Plata's testimony in Brown v. Plata and created a graphic timeline that documents 30 of the hundreds of times that he was denied proper medical care over the course of several years for the same injury in state prison. Click here to view full...
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One of the largest civic projects a county initiates is a courthouse. It involves a large number of users and stakeholders with a significant amount community engagement. Depending on the size of the county, courthouses are typically multi-story endeavors with a variety of courtrooms, public counters, attorneys and public defenders, and support spaces. Historically, courthouses serve as the civic landmark for a city or a county seat. In other words, there is a lot at stake when a courthouse project is imagined. This is no exception for Multnomah County, Oregon, where a courthouse project has finally earned the support of the community, county...
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To truly challenge the status quo, a master plan is perhaps the best agent of change. It allows planners and architects to examine the individual pieces as well as the holistic system over a set period of time. Master plans envision how things should be 20-30 years from now and then figure out what steps are required to in order to achieve that particular vision. I’ve always been attracted to this scale of architecture which explains my excitement to attend “Maryland’s Master Plan for Baltimore’s CCBC” at the upcoming AIA AAJ 2015 Conference. This presentation will elucidate how they incorporated their clients’ mission, vision and goals for...
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Session Code: AAJ1510CD Session Time: Friday, Nov. 20 Track Session: Corrections, AAJ Miami 9:45 am – 11:15 am, 2015 AIA AAJ Fall Conference Xenia Cox, Architectural Education Activist & Innovator | Ryan Critchfield, AIA | Kristy Gasparino, AIA Andrew Brown, Principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy | Stacey Wiseman, AIA I had a chance to interview Stacey Wiseman, who is a speaker within this Track Session Panel . Stacey Wiseman is an Associate at CGL RicciGreene. Her involvement in all aspects of a project, from meeting with users to achieving an efficient design, has contributed to her profound understanding of the operational...
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Session Code: AAJ156RT Session Time: Thursday, Nov. 19 Track Session: Roundtable, AAJ Miami 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, 2015 AIA AAJ Fall Conference Werner Mueller, AIA | Sam Himmelrich, Jr., Himmelrich Associates | Kristine Johnson, AIA, LEED AP Ryan Bouma, RLA, LEED AP | Kirby Fowler, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. | Irena Savakova, AECOM I had a chance to interview Kristine Johnson, who is a speaker within this Track Session . With over a decade of experience in the justice sector, Ms. Johnson is a courts architect that understands the inner working of court facilities planning. Johnson focuses on engaging...
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