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​ The next installment of the U.S. Access Board’s online guide to accessibility standards issued under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) is now available. http://www.access-board.gov/news/1764-board-releases-next-installment-of-the-online-guide-to-the-ada-and-aba-standards
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Looking for living space in London these days is a delightful experience. While the homes and apartments can be pricey, the options are spectacular. This city continues to reinvent its housing market, and the current crop of contemporary new building projects display design thoughtfully blending form and function. The boroughs of inner London, as they have for well over a century, remain the hottest locations for setting up home. Those in West London, for example, boast a wealth of attractions. Employment potential is fantastic, as many large, multi-national corporations have offices there. These include International SOS, Bechtel, Rogers Stirk Harbour...
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GSA's Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) is holding a workshop on Sustainability, Resilience, and Space Utilization on 9/14/15 in DC: see website to register: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/FFC/DEPS_166789 . The first workshop is educational in nature and a second workshop is being planned to focus on processes that support strategies for implementation. The information is supportive of Executive Orders and a need for providing community supported initiatives. Many agencies will be attending this workshop. Registration is free of charge! Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email me. Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID,...
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Habits are very hard to break and this is why we have regulations and codes. A large part of our nation is experiencing many times the normal summer rain and attendant water problems this. Yet we continue to build homes with no vapor impermeable waterproofing in basements and at some lowest story slabs and we still build some nonresidential buildings with subsurface waterproofing that is substantially vapor permeable (allowing humidity/vapor to travel through it even when liquid water is controlled). In many regions and for many building types this means high to very high vapor drive all year round from the soil in to the occupied space leading to very...
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The AIA needs input from members like you on upcoming changes proposed to some of the most important codebooks architects use frequently. Read more on AIA.org at http://www.aia.org/advocacy/AIAB106803 for more details and background, but the main takeaway is: AIA members and staff have identified a Top 10 list of code change proposals that we believe will be the most relevant and impactful to architects, and we want to hear from you! Read the Summary of Proposals – AIA Top 10 List document at http://www.aia.org/aiaucmp/groups/aia/documents/document/aiab106797~1.a.docx for further instructions on how to share your opinions and affect the future of construction...
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The AIA presentation at Pristina Architecture Week has shown again that the international community of architects has a special interest in the AIA and AIA Europe activities. The presentation included the brief history of AIA National and AIA Continental Europe, the board, membership and and the goals set forward. It was discussed about the activities at the AIA National and AIA CE, the presentation included the information on the past and future AIA CE Conferences (such as: London, Paris, Milan and upcoming Vienna and Barcelona). There was also a statement sent by Mr. Thomas Vonier, 2016 AIA President Elect and AIA CE founder, especially for this...
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If you are interested in presenting a fresh idea or lessons learned from a health facility project, please see our Table Talks Submission page at http://www.ifpcd.org/pcdis-table-talks. The announcement is located here. http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Table-Talks-at-PCD-IS.html?soid=1103956649441&aid=Kny0oksaFGY Thank you! Tammy
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"Engage a ★ beta tester?" you ask. Why yes, you are right. ArchiCAD is the beer, and, the ★ beta tester is the egg. When it comes to ArchiCAD , that exactly is an advantage. Much of the commercially upgraded software in the world, runs through periodic alpha testing and then a subsequent beta testing. Beta testing will be performed often by the end user of a particular software to 'get the kinks out'. The code written for software, which consist of commands, routines, and subroutines, in a specific computer language, (or shall we say a language the computer can interpret to its own language of zeros and ones)...
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Architects are some of the misunderstood professionals in society. The general public's perception of architects as heroes and lovers, designing unusually luxurious modernist buildings while acting like brash individualists such as Howard Roark (in The Fountainhead ) are results of the interpretations dictated by other industries such as film and television. An architect is more than the image portrayed in Hollywood movies or even pretending to be one like George Costanza's character in Seinfeld. That's why one of the top 5 largest AIA Components nationwide, the AIA Washington DC Chapter , has stepped up to engage the general public about the value...
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A hectic way of life always requires a cheering surrounding at the end of an exhausting day. The home is rapidly becoming as an important interior designer's centerpiece. A contemporary interior design trend defines that innovative home decor is all about building a comforting ambiance along with the efficiency and simplicity. Just the once the idea of formal interior design comes into our mind, we reluctantly pass on to classic dwellings. To fashion proper surroundings, always keep the concept of appearance in your mind. The furnishings should be in a straight line within the room. Fabric is generally employed on the walls. The exterior of flooring, mirrors...
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Supported by a vibrant community of architects as designers and influencers, architecture is one essential and structural pier to our civilization. There are other essential piers that make up our built design, construction, and operation environment most notably those who pay for and occupy each of our creations. Their needs are what we respond to so creatively every day with our work but we also possess the often untapped power to influence their aspirations and business cases through public advocacy, supported research, organized education efforts, and in helping to inform their vision of what can be. A great many of us architects may be missing the...
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So you're anxious to be your own boss ... Here's a short story for one to consider, on the subject of a sole proprietorship: My first years in the field of architecture allowed me the experience of working as a general laborer, wheel barrowing concrete, mixing mortar and the like. One summer, I became an electrician’s assistant, one year a carpenter, and another year as a general contractor for the design, permitting and building of pre-kindergarten facility. The career began very uplifting, full of hard work. I had entered into the profession of architecture thinking that on the warm days this architect would be out in the field working...
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A home is not just a place where you keep the things you own and sleep at. It is an extension of your life. It is where you spend your most precious moments, entertain your friends, invite your guests… it is the place where your children grow up. What your home looks like is therefore a reflection of your personality and expression of your taste. However, often enough we end up staying in homes designed by and built for other people. So how do you ensure that your home looks like it belongs to you and not any stranger? How do you make it speak with your voice, express your individuality? With a facade of course! Give your home a...
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Camp CanoeingInstructor The CAE conference in Detroit was a joy to attend. From the very first evening as I stepped into the lobby of the Guardian Building with its bright Pewabic tile I could tell we were in for a treat. Detroit’s rich history and current reinvention provided a dynamic context to experience and discuss the possibilities and realities of architecture for education. Over the four days we toured historical buildings and campuses such as Yamasaki Buildings at Wayne State University and the Cranbrook Educational Community, new buildings such as the Detroit School of Arts and Earhart Elementary-Middle School as well as renovated and...
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The annual CAE Conference was held in Detroit this year, and like any conference, the host city plays an important role in the overall feel of the conference. This was my first experience in Detroit, and I was encouraged by the aura of optimism engulfing the city. Nationally, everyone knows of the recessions blow to Detroit- the city that was perhaps more emblematic of that recession than any other. The housing crisis, the auto-industry collapse, the blow to manufacturing. . . Detroit had it all, along with a corrupt mayor, resulting in bankruptcy. But that is not the Detroit of today. Today, Detroit is surging- downtown is alive, manufacturing...
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What does it mean to design schools for change? I’m thinking about this while the contrails of the planes leaving Detroit from the recent AIA CAE conference are still fresh in the sky. The conference’s own topic was Rejuvenation & Reinvention, a topic it portrayed expansively. This idea of change is often connected to the idea of crisis. That is to say, circumstances do not change drastically until they absolutely must. This connection is poignant in Detroit since so much of the facility design we witnessed was an overlay on existing communities that had experienced significant flux during the past decade. Likewise the will to begin many of the educational...
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Having never been to an AIA Knowledge Community conference, I didn't know exactly what to expect when I initially decided to attend last week's CAE Conference in Detroit. I'd been to Convention and Grassroots, and other component-level programming, but I'd never had an opportunity before to engage with a specialized field like architecture for education. Looking back, I was surprised not only by the quality of the programming and overall planning and coordination of the event, but the lens through which it allowed me to really understand the impact that architecture can have beyond our own profession. Being involved as I have been with the AIA, AIAS,...
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I think most architects want to improve humanity. This impulse seems even stronger amongst school designers. After 4 days in contemplating, discussing, and visiting schools in Detroit it is clear there are a lot of opportunities available. On the other hand it is also clear that at the confluence of hope and hard work there is recovery. It may not be surprising that with a title like Rejuvenation & Reinvention my take away from the Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) Spring Conference would be more sociopolitical than architectural. I suspect most of what you have heard about Detroit is superficially accurate. The signs of decline are...
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