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Image: ROSSETTI The evolution of eSports venues By ROSSETTI RAs long as games have been designed to have a high score, people have been competing to win them. Video games are no different, and the evolution of eSports from a room of computer enthusiasts to a packed arena of dedicated video game fans happened rapidly, and the momentum is picking up steam. Early days Long before the term eSports existed, there were video game competitions, with the earliest taking place in a classroom at Stanford University in 1972. As video games became more complex than simple vectors simulating ping pong, competitive gaming became more popular. In 1980, just ...
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Fusion Arena, future home to the Philadelphia Fusion esports franchise, will sit up to 3,500 guests. Image: Populous Project Spotlight: Fusion Arena By Populous Fusion Arena, future home to the Philadelphia Fusion esports franchise, will sit up to 3,500 guests and stand as the western hemisphere’s largest ground-up, purpose-built esports venue. In addition to serving as a premier destination for competitive gaming events and elite training, Fusion Arena’s flexible and adaptable design lends the opportunity for 365-day activation to host a variety of live entertainment programming and experiences, truly a first-of-its-kind venue for the next-generation ...
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I hope everyone had an enjoyable conference, met up with new and old colleagues and learned a little something in the process. Thanks to all that attended our Open Forum. We have taken note of all the comments that were made. Specifically, we have some leads on potential white papers, contacts for interactions with adjacent organizations and some tips for next year’s conference presentation. If you have any retail or entertainment projects in Los Angeles and you are interested in hosting a tour next year or if you are planning on submitting abstracts for a presentation, let us know and we can introduce you to the right people and alert our members. Currently, ...
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The word “andamento” has its roots in music; it generally refers to the progression of a fugue, or the pace and evolution of a series of individual notes forming a cohesive pattern. In the visual arts, however, andamento takes on rich meaning in terms of the pattern formed by the individual pieces, or tesserae, of a mosaic. In the process of artistic collaboration, then, perhaps andamento best reflects the coming together of individual voices into a collective expression of meaning and beauty. The “Fishers of Men” installation in County Mayo, Ireland, exemplifies this concept with a rugged beauty which is deeply rooted in its site. Created as part of the Spirit ...
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So, you've decided you're going to have a home built instead of purchasing a pre-built house, but you have no clue which architectural plans to go with? This is one of the first and most important steps you'll need to take on your way to having your custom dream home constructed, so it only makes sense that you should take the time to conduct a thorough comparison of house plans. With that said, here are five tips you can use to simplify your search for the perfect home design to suit your needs: 1. Decide How Many Bedrooms and Square Feet You'll Need The first factor to consider when comparing house plans should be the size of the home. While this ...
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Differentiating between QA and QC By Bill Schmalz, FAIA A CCA white paper submitted June 4, 2019 In casual conversation, we often use terms imprecisely. We assume—usually correctly—that the people we’re talking to understand what we mean, even though we aren’t quite saying what we mean. For example, architects often say “CA” or “construction administration,” even though architects don’t administer the construction; they administer the construction contract. The correct terms, construction contract administration, and CCA are slowly gaining traction in the industry (note that the AIA has a CCA Knowledge Community). But even those of us who know better ...
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When it comes right down to building a home, you might want to consider the time it takes to build everything that's needed to keep it standing. In other words, you want the structure to withstand any weather or disaster that nature can throw at it, and some man-made ones too. You should consider all potential environmental factors, as well as the building developers or even engineers and architects that develop resilient and durable new construction technologies. The world is changing, but our need for resilient shelter remains. So, it's only understandable for people in the construction industry to keep tabs on innovations that could be beneficial ...
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Education is the foundation of human society as we know it today. Education leads to personal edification, scientific and artistic innovation, technological development, and the ability to transcend what we previously considered to be impossible. It develops in us an ability to better evaluate, dissect, and interpret the world around us from entirely new perspectives. Education is the beginning of knowledge, and along with it wisdom, but more importantly it instills an integral desire to dig deeper, to push harder, and to make something “more”.   Architecture, I would argue, is a direct result of this desire for learning, for something “more” in our built ...
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When you think of the ideal look for a summer day at the beach, simple and carefree are probably some of the first adjectives to come to mind. However, beach beauty isn’t always as simple as it seems. From choosing the perfect bikini, deciding on a cute but low-maintenance hairstyle, and creating a natural makeup look that also protects your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, it takes a lot of work to achieve perfect, casual beach-ready beauty.   Simplify your beach beauty this summer. Stay comfortable, confident, and protected from the dangers of the sun, salt, and sand with these five beach beauty tips in your back pocket. Prioritize Sun Protection ...
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When it comes to crafting the perfect outdoor space, a pergola can help a home or commercial space in a variety of ways. By choosing the right pergola, architects can help homeowners and businesses extend their entertaining space, beautify their backyard and enjoy a more peaceful outdoor experience. Whether it’s a pergola in Florida or Oregon or beyond, they are a complement to enjoying the lifestyle of long, sunny afternoons spent outdoors—as well as delicious dinner parties, downtime in the garden, and everything in between. Read on as we explore the different types of pergolas and how to use them. Attached pergolas An attached pergola is positioned ...
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Many of us want to achieve balance in every area of life, including work area. No wonder that so many people want to bring spirituality to their work area. After all, working hours are such a massive part of a person’s day. But, meeting deadlines, dealing with pressure and achieving high results occasionally seems like mission impossible. On top of that, you need to remain calm. How? Here are 5 easy steps on how to stay calm at the workplace, achieve spirituality and have work-life balance. 1. DO ONE THING Multitasking is a myth. The sooner you accept it the better your life will be. People often get stuck into multitasking, and it leads to failing at ...
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Even if you are the most creative and most hard-working person in the world, you can't create the world you want to live in on your own. In other words, your business, almost always, has community support, and you should show your gratitude. Therefore, here are some of the best ways of how your business can give back to the community. Share your knowledge and help local businesses If you are good at your business, your experience could sometimes be a more significant resource of help than money. Find some time during a week or even a month, a try to teach some of the most crucial skills to other local business that might struggle in achieving their ...
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Personal Information: What is your favorite piece of architecture? AC: My favorite piece of architecture would have to be the Stahl House by Pierre Koenig for the way it perfectly captures the essence of Los Angeles. This case study house was designed with a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor. I love how the Stahl House’s sweeping views simultaneously capture both the natural and urban landscapes of Los Angeles.   What degrees did you earn and at what college? AC: I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelors in Architecture.   When did you first know that you wanted to be an architect? ...
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What are you most passionate about in regards to Justice Architecture? JJ:           I feel that architects can have a great impact on the decisions that shape our justice system and our public realm in general. We need to be involved, and even embedded, in the organizations that make the early and fundamental decisions. What firm do you work for and how long have you been with your current firm? JJ:           I started my own practice here in Toronto about 20 years ago and have been focused on courthouse planning and design for most of that time. For many years, I consulted directly to the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, representing ...
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By: John J. Clark, AIA, NCARB During an outburst in court, a mentally ill homeless woman arrested on drug charges displayed her shackles for all in the courtroom to see. The woman, emotionally questioning why the system in our country allows her to be treated this way and shown in this light, was not held in contempt. Instead, Judge Lerner-Wren allowed the woman to express her thoughts and emotions. This example and others shared by the judge in her keynote address at the 2018 AIA AAJ Conference in Jersey City, NJ offered insight into how the Broward Mental Health Court promotes dignity and begins the healing process for thousands of non-violent, mentally ...
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By: John J. Clark, AIA, NCARB   The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Justice Center is a stunning piece of contemporary architecture to the outsider. More importantly it offers a functional solution that is engrained in place, culture, and community for the tribe that it serves. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) is made up of two distinct tribes with separate traditions, cultures and languages. With originally over 500,000 acres in its traditional domain, Pima and Maricopa tribal lands have been reduced to about 54,000 acres in the Salt River Valley. The reservation stands out from satellite image as an agricultural community facing ...
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Introduction to the Hub

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By: Gregory Cook, AIA, CCHP This year, the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) launched the Planning & Design Hub, an online resource for architects, administrators and professionals from around the world. The timing could not be better for such as announcement, as countries around the world embark on a shared effort to improve the safety and effectiveness of our correctional institutions to better serve our fellow citizens. The Hub was introduced at the 2018 ICPA Conference in Montreal by Stephen Carter, a founder of the Planning & Design Network, and representatives from the University of Technology Sydney, who oversee the ...
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Letter from the Chair Welcome to our first Journal of 2019! First, we will focus on our latest Emerging Professional, Annette Chung. Born and raised in Seattle, this West Coast Professional, now working in Los Angeles, reminded me how beautiful the Stahl House is. Let’s get to know her a bit better in our interview. Second, I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Knowledge Leadership Group: Ms. Julian Jaffary. We had a delightful and truthful conversation in the interview She has already shared he insight on justice project as a recent jury member on the Justice Facility Review (JFR) and I am sure she will continue to offer a keen perspective ...
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Competition winners 1st Place Ryan & Yanina Allord RAD Studio, Las Vegas, NV, USA 2nd Place Di Wu, Xueshan Bai, Hongnan Yin, Kefeng Lin, Wei Wang, Jiabi Gu The Architectural Design and Research Institute of HIT, CYY, Harbin, China 3rd Place Joseph Laster and Sanna Alm Etyd Studio, Stockholm, Sweden More information on the results About the competition The AIA Committee on Design was delighted to announce a reestablishment of their design competitions with the 2019 Housing Ideas Competition: Townsite Transformed, Henderson Nevada.  This was an open competition to all Architects and Students of Architecture, with the winning ...
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