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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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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and...
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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and...
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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and...
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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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