AIA KnowledgeNet Round Up: December 14

AIA KnowledgeNet Round Up: December 14
ArcBazar.com and the Commoditization of Architecture, America Is Finally Closing Prisons. Now What Do We Do With Them?, Housing finance: How does it keep up with modern architecture?, Submissions for New Book

AIA KNOWLEDGENET ROUND UP

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2013 AIA Awards: Call for Entries

TAP Building Information Modeling Awards

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, December 17, 2012
Since 2005, the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Knowledge Community has spearheaded an effort to highlight award winning "best of breed" case studies from the profession in the harnessing of Building Information Model (BIM) technology and processes to further design, construction and project excellence. Find out more and submit your project.

Education Facility Design Awards

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, January 14, 2013
The CAE Design Awards is an Internet-based marketplace of ideas. Through this forum the committee disseminates quality ideas on educational facility planning and design to clients, architects, and the public. As how we educate ourselves continues to evolve, we must evaluate and measure our successes, and have an arena in which to test ideas. This awards program is an opportunity to engage in critical evaluation and experimentation, not as an end in itself, but always in the context of our clients and their needs.

New for 2013: The CAE has integrated the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) Shirley Cooper and Walter Taylor Awards into the CAE submission and jury process. Since 1949, AASA has given these two awards in recognition of the two projects judged most outstanding for educational environments. The Shirley Cooper Award ispresented to the project that best meets the educational needs of its students. The Walter Taylor Award is presented to the project that best meets a difficult design challenge. If applicable, two CAE Design Award winners will be identified for these specific recognitions. Find out more and submit your project.

2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards

Submission Deadline: 8 p.m. ET, January 25, 2013
The AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Awards program recognizes exemplary and innovative built projects that establish a standard of excellence in sustainable design, demonstrate its benefits, and educate both the profession and the public. Submit your project. View past award winners.

Top Ten Plus

Submission Deadline: 8 p.m. ET, January 25, 2013
Past winners can now submit for the new Top Ten Plus award by providing details on how the project is performing in terms of actual operations and occupant satisfaction. The Top Ten Plus award uses the same submission forms as Top Ten, with adjustments as indicated in the instructions on the forms and in this planning document.

2013 Justice Facilities Review

Submission Deadline: 5 p.m. ET, February 4, 2013
A unique category to the JFR is entitled Thought Leadership. Through this category we hope to elicit submissions for strategic or system-wide master plans, research studies, prototype design proposals and any other efforts that our membership are engaged in that further the profession in developing the most effective and innovative approaches to justice practice. While the graphic submission requirements do not directly apply to this category, we ask that submitters provide a succinct summary of the project in no more than 1,000 words. Graphic diagrams or other supporting materials are encouraged to assist the jury panel in quickly understanding the project. Find out more and submit your project.

AIA Diversity Recognition Program

Submission Deadline: February 6, 2013
We are now accepting submissions for the 2013 AIA Diversity Recognition Program. The AIA Diversity Recognition Program celebrates and invites the contributions of AIA members toward the goal of a more diverse profession. Up to twelve submissions will be selected annually to be recognized as Diversity Best Practices. An award will be presented to each selected recipient, whose diversity efforts will be featured in AIA publications and on the AIA web site. Find out more and submit your project.

News & Discussions

Adaptive Reuse of Prisons

America Is Finally Closing Prisons. Now What Do We Do With Them? http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2012/12/america-finally-closing-prisons-now-what-do-them/4083/

This was the topic of a presentation at the 2012 AAJ Conference that I gave with co-presenters Jill Taylor and Jeremy Warson. At the presentation I asked the question that goes to the heart of this issue. What do our old underutilized correctional facilities say about us and can we do better? I think we can do better. Read more and join the discussion.

Detailing Houses

Here are some interesting comments from a Fellow in the AIA, whose business is largely spent cleaning up after other architects, contractors, engineers and others, whose points of view he posted in another AIA forum … Design errors are 90% failing to detail conditions and leaving it up to the Contractor to understand the Code and trade standards and 10% is designing the envelope to leak. Read more and join the discussion.

Submissions for New Book

I am looking for projects to feature in my next book, Designing Your Perfect Small House. My first book has been quite successful. But I get notes from many readers asking for information about designing a small to moderately sized house. I would like to share the exposure with other architects. So I am looking for good, small projects to use as illustrations and examples. Read more and join the discussion.

Commoditization of Architecture

Although we keep claiming architectural design to be a service and not a commodity, other forces are conspiring to drag the profession in the other direction. I have recently learned of a company called www.ArcBazar.com that pairs clients to designers around the world in the form of "Paid competitions." A prize of perhaps $1000 is put up for the redesign of an entire house and there will be 8-12 competitors who each upload their solutions within a deadline set by the client. The website takes 20% of the "prize" off the top, the selected winner supposedly gets what's left and the other competitors get the "pleasure and honor" of competing. With the use of BIM many of the completed projects LOOK fairly well developed and have multiple perspective renderings. There is no guarantee of code compliance, safety considerations or even buildability, but clearly the competitors are each devoting scores of hours in work, if not more. The Advisory Board includes many alleged professors from Harvard and MIT. Read more and join the discussion.

How Do You Handle Stress???

I recently presented this topic to a group of caregivers in Williamsburg, Virginia. Yes, caregiving - as in what some of you may be doing right now while balancing your busy careers with caring for a loved one like an older parent, sibling, spouse or someone disabled. As a caregiver you are responsible for their health, welfare and safety. You are not alone my friends! There are 65 million caregivers in the United States and it is okay for you to "come out" and be recognized as one. Unfortunately, many individuals do not even recognize they carry the title of "caregiver" (it's not on my business card). I have been a long distance care provider for my aunt, mom and dad for over five years, traveling monthly for a week at a time. It took me a few years of doing it on my own before realizing the neglect of my own health and how that also had an effect on my family, my job and the ones I was caring for. Read more and join the discussion.

Manufacturing and the City

"Legacy" cities, how they recover from the loss of manufacturing, "new" manufacturing and a comparison to a German industrial city. Much has been written about the downfall of manufacturing in the United States and nearly as much about the decline of cities that lost their lifeblood in its wake: Corporate towns without corporations who became mere shadows of their former past. Baltimore is not an extreme case, but certainly was heavily hit by the loss of almost all of its heavy industries. Read more and join the discussion.

2012 Member Slideshow: Antinozzi Associates

Member Slideshows are created each year for the Spring Conference to illustrate the recent work of the attendee's firms. All COD members are welcome to participate. Attendees have 6 slides and 60 seconds to present their projects, or whatever is on their mind. Many of the 2012 Member Slideshow slides are posted on the COD Pinterest page.

Housing finance – How does it keep up with modern architecture 

Nowadays, it is mainly modern architecture which inspires the design of most of the buildings. So, if you are thinking of how to finance your modern architecture, you can take out a construction loan, which is going to help you with getting the required money which you will be required to use towards the construction of the building. The construction loans, just as any of the other kind of mortgages are a part of housing finance. Read more and join the discussion.

Now Available: Q&A from the Webinar Presentation
Everything You Need to Know: AIA Contract Documents for Small Firms

This archived webinar discusses the various AIA contract documents that may be of interest to small firms and sole practitioners, how to use them effectively, and resources available to make contract administration more efficient. Hear from experts as they discuss common challenges small firms face and how to use appropriate contracts to properly allocate risks and responsibilities to achieve a successful project- to the benefit of all project participants, building inhabitants and the general public. Read the Q&A Handout. View the recorded presentation.

2013 Healthcare Design Conference Call for Presentations

Deadline for proposal submission deadline—Friday, January 25, 2013

The HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference is the premier event devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impact the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities now and into the future. With over 4100 participants, HEATHCARE DESIGN is the industry's best-attended conference where attendees can earn up to 24 continuing education credits, network with peers, and influence the direction of the industry as it advances into the future. This premier 4-day event is held annually in the fall. Be a part of a growing team of experts who are recognized as thought leaders in the industry! Submissions are now being accepted. To submit, please visit The Center for Health Design website.

Free Continuing Education Webinars

Designing Residential Ventilation for Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Comfort
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Opportunities and Understanding for International Practice
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Archived Webinars

Now Available: Q&A from the Webinar Presentation
Everything You Need to Know: AIA Contract Documents for Small Firms

This archived webinar discusses the various AIA contract documents that may be of interest to small firms and sole practitioners, how to use them effectively, and resources available to make contract administration more efficient. Hear from experts as they discuss common challenges small firms face and how to use appropriate contracts to properly allocate risks and responsibilities to achieve a successful project- to the benefit of all project participants, building inhabitants and the general public. Read the Q&A Handout. View the recorded presentation.

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