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There are a lot of jobs out there in the world.  Many of them we look at and think that we would never be caught dead doing them.  Some of these jobs might include skyscraper window cleaner or large radio tower inspector.  However, even though these jobs sound horrible to the majority of us, there is always some poor soul that will end up doing them.  Regardless of how unsafe the job might seem to you, these brave souls wake up every day and head to work with the hope they are going to come back to the family in one piece. High-rise Window Cleaner We have all been to big cities and seen the tall buildings that are full of windows.  Well, who do ...
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Remodeling the home or adding new living space will always be a really large job. Even if you are really handy with your tools, there is a strong possibility general contractors will have to be hired. You surely want to learn how to find a reliable general contractor but after you do, the way in which you work with the contractor can make or break the project. This is why you should always focus on building a really good working relationship with the professional, no matter who you contact. Here are some things that have to be in the back of your mind at all times.  Communication Is Key According to professional Vancouver General Contractors , establishing ...
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Event organizing is normally quite stressful. It does not matter if you organize an event in your home and that just friends and family attend or you arrange something with thousands of guests. Events can be expensive and everything needs to be properly planned in order to reach success. If the goal is to organize an event that is highly successful , hiring professional event planners is the way to go. They help with so much, including setting up lights. When looking at lighting needs, various differences appear at a case to case basis. The event planners normally tend to hire specialized lighting companies. The reason why this is the case is not often ...
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In 2007, I started working at Tappe. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have been learning about the design of educational facilities which includes everything from early childhood centers through K-12 schools to libraries which support life-long learning. I am now at a stage where I am a principal at Tappe and diving into the next generation of our firm. I am working to build a knowledge network that can advance not only our practice in the design of educational facilities but also allow us to be meaningful contributors to the discussion as these facilities and their needs evolve. I am hopeful that by attending this conference and beginning the process ...
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My interest lies in the field of Education Design and applying 21 st Century learning to new and refurbished facilities. Recently I have returned to Australia and have been leading a local team on various school delivery projects. My international experience working abroad in the UK and the USA has further contributed to my fascination of learning and regionalism. The CAE Portland conference will give me the opportunity to experience first-hand the development of a new educational architecture responding to the unique character of the region. Knowledge gleaned from the facilities tours, speakers and panel discussions will be shared with my local team, ...
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With a population equal to that of Washington DC, Portland shares many similarities with Washington D.C., as it has one of the highest walkability scores, has a large community of bicyclists, and an expansive network of public transportation. Similarly, there is also a significant focus on urban planning.  At Perkins Eastman, not only have we designed many schools, each unique in its relationship to its students and community, but we also have a keen interest and responsibility to sustainable building design with an urban focus.  Building on the recent success of Dunbar High School in DC and Martin Luther King Jr Middle School in Boston - two of the country's ...
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Since 2013 when the American Library Association (ALA) an­nounced the formation of its Center for the Future of Libraries, it has focused much of its work on identifying new emerging trends relevant to libraries, librarians, and their communi­ties.  Though we can’t predict the future, we can identify trends. Understanding these “currents” shaping society can better enable us to envision the future. ALA’s Center is itself modeled on the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) very successful Center for the Future of Museums (CFM), which highlights social, technological, political, and economic trends ways that museums are addressing these trends. So it ...
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There are so many different reasons why your business should have an associated blog. While everyone understands how important it is to get search engine traffic and the power of social media, various other things should be learned. One of the huge advantages of using a blog is that it helps you increase absolutely all your networking efforts. How does that happen? Lets learn the basics of using blogs for networking purposes. Gaining New Connections When you learn how to create a WordPress blog you quickly go from one site to the next and you eventually learn about interesting methods you can use in order to build newsletters or help people contact ...
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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the CAE Fall 2016 Conference at EdSpaces in Cincinnati. I was impressed by the breadth of topics addressed in the classroom sessions; the curators were able to present content that appealed to the wide variety of professionals in attendance, bridging various disciplines and viewpoints to appeal to our common interest in education. During the classroom sessions, I had the chance to speak and even collaborate with educators, school administrators, school operations specialists, sales representatives, as well as other architects. This was a rare occasion to share my impressions with professionals working in different ...
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One of the simplest learning environments is the playground. It is also one of the most important. Yet often its importance to childrens development, as well as the design opportunities it presents, is overlooked by architects. Susan Solomon's new book, The Science of Play: How to Build Playgrounds that Enhance Childrens Development , takes a fresh approach to the subject of playgrounds. This important overview explores the importance of play and playgrounds for children, with special focus on play solutions that encourage risk taking, succeeding and failing, planning ahead, experiencing nature, and making friends. It is also a remarkable book because it ...
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I wanted to share some of my thoughts after attending the fall CAE conference at EDspaces in Cincinnati last week. One standout for me was the diversity of attendees. When I attend other conferences that center around architecture and the built environment I find that there are not many attendees from the owner or user side. At EDspaces there was a good mix of folks working on the school side including educators, administrators and district managers. This allowed for great conversations around the needs of schools and how design plays a role. One of the most enjoyable and informative aspects to the conference was the immersion of attendees in "the life of ...
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During my time as a job captain working on academic design projects with DOWA-IBI Group Architects, and my previous experience as the Program Manager for Project H Design, a nonprofit organization geared toward youth empowerment and community engagement through a design-build curriculum, I have had numerous opportunities to speak with school districts, educators, and students about the broad spectrum of environments needed to support the modern learner. By attending the CAE Fall Conference, I hope to learn more about how other architecture firms and school districts across the country have risen to the challenge from our students to integrate a variety of modalities ...
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As a Senior Associate at Arrowstreet, I have spent the last 15 years working with clients on K12 Education and Healthcare projects enhancing clients missions, services, and environments. My projects have been recognized in local and national publications, including Architecture Boston magazines Case study: Mattapan - How good design can boost a communitys physical and civic health . I have worked to become a leader within the sustainable architecture field, within my firm and throughout the industry, and have had the opportunity to speak on the topic regionally and nationally. Many of these presentations have explored user engagement in achieving net zero energy, ...
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In what has become the most popular TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson asks Do Schools Kill Creativity? My contention, he says, is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. All children are born artists, Robinson notes, but we get educated out of creativity as we grow up. Risk taking is important to creativity. Creative risk-takers cant be overly concerned with being wrong. But contemporary education place too much focus on being right." Robinson says practically all educational systems, whether in the United States, England, or elsewhere, have the same hierarchy of subjects, with art at the bottom. ...
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Schools began, according to the architect Louis Kahn, with a man under a tree who did not know he was a teacher, sharing his realization with a few others who did not know they were students. Kahns return to essentials provided a powerful stimulus for his architecture. Kahns return to the primordial clarifies the problem, strips it of peripheral associations. Kahn reverted to a primordial essence before leaping forward. This enabled him to bring new life to Modernist abstraction. I was reminded of this when reading David Thornburgs recent book, From the Campfire to the Holodeck: Creating Engaging and Powerful 21 st Century Learning Environments . In it, Thornburg ...
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The Spring 2016 CAE Conference in Berlin was interspersed with a broad variety of educational spaces - from K-12 schools to Universities, libraries to a research academy of the Jewish Museum, historical buildings to Germany's most sustainable building. As I reflect back on the conference - talks by inspirational professionals in the fields of architecture and education, and tours of schools new and old - the projects which had the most impact on me, were those that were completely unexpected. Growing up in Germany, I experienced a more strict and regimented environment in the classroom, with most of the freedom and imagination coming from the playground ...
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One week has passed since returning from the CAE Berlin Conference. In Portland, Maine this week a group of well-organized parents from Protect our Neighborhood Schools organized proponents of the project packing a Joint School Board Facilities and Finance Committee Meeting. The aim was to put pressure our School Board and City Council to send a $70 million bond to Portland taxpayers to renovate four of the City's crumbling elementary schools. In the end, the committees voted to recommend the project to the full board. A small step towards finally renovating these buildings. It's been a long process for our community. The report which recommended renovating ...
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What is your most influential take away from the school system you grew up in? We all have experiences that have shaped us, both positive and negative. How does that affect how we design schools today? The appreciation of unfamiliar languages and cultures was ingrained in the educational system I grew up in. We were encouraged to be imaginative in play, curious about nature and exploration, and to be tolerant of those with different customs. My upcoming journey to the CAE Conference in Berlin will be both a homecoming to Germany and a new experience, 16 years later, in the differences and similarities between German and American school design, theory and practice. ...
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During the 2016 AIA CAE Conference in Berlin and in my post-conference blog entries I will be focusing on participatory design methodology and applications in the various projects and lectures. Stay tuned for insights from the conference – both in formal presentations and informal discussions amongst participants. A highlight of the conference will be visiting the Erika-Mann Grundschule, a project developed using participatory design practices, in conjunction with Susanne Hofmann’s architecture students at Berlin Technical University’s Institute for Architecture. The Erika-Mann Grundschule School conceived interactively by elementary students, and ...
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Education is at the heart of what I do. 100% of Architecture for Education's work are educational spaces; whether we're designing a new K-12 school, a culinary center for at risk youth, an outdoor maker space, or converting an old basement to geology labs - every project has opportunities to influence. As the Design Principal at A4E, I am fairly young in my career, but tasked with leading the design at our office. I believe that seeing various types of educational spaces first hand, can only serve to improve my knowledge, invigorate my ideas, and sustain my passion. Growing up in Germany (although I've never been to Berlin!) provides me with a unique vantage ...
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