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Second Keynote Speaker Announced for the 2015 Design Conference: Andrew Freear
Andrew Freear is the Wiatt Professor and Director of the Auburn University Rural Studio in Newbern, AL. Founded in 1993 by D.K. Ruth and Samuel Mockbee, the Auburn University-based architecture studio has committed to build homes and community buildings for residents in western Alabama for over 20 years.
Educated at the Polytechnic of Central London and the Architectural Association, London, England, he has practiced extensively in London and Chicago, and taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as a Unit Master at the Architectural Association.
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Announcing the Design Conference Tours
This year's Design Conference promises to showcase the architectural gems which historic Saratoga has to offer. Due to the overwhelming response last year, we will once again offer a tour of Saratoga Race Course; a Victorian hotel, the Adelphi which is undergoing a major renovation; a museum, the Tang which has drawn many accolades for its design; and the Aurther Zankel music center, using architecture not only for acoustics and efficient spatial design, but to foster artistic creation in young musicians.
Please check our website for a complete schedule of events as we finalize the programs.
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State not saying much about downtown Albany development proposals
Albany Business Review
New York economic development officials aren't saying much about proposals that were due June 4 from developers interested in prime real estate in downtown Albany.
The state had a 2 p.m. deadline to receive proposals for the land, a collection of parking lots and empty buildings near the Greyhound bus station that for the past decade was the proposed site of a convention center.
How climate change affects building design
Green Building Elements
The United Nations Environmental Program Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative estimates the construction trades contribute as much as 30 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions and consume up to 40 percent of all energy used worldwide. Today, climate change is having a powerful effect on how buildings are designed and constructed.
Midtown's vanishing historic architecture
The New York Times
The Rizzoli bookstore on West 57th Street. An automobile showroom designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on Park Avenue. And the Bancroft Building, a 19th-century red-and-white-striped limestone office building on West 29th Street. All three of these structures were gutted or leveled within the past two years, despite attempts to preserve them.
Revealed: The inside story of the last WTC tower's design
When Bjarke Ingels set out to create the fourth and final skyscraper at the reborn World Trade Center earlier this year, he faced the same dilemma that has burdened every architect who has ventured onto New York's most hallowed and expensive construction site. Would he design a stately tower, respectful of the history of the property, where some 3,000 people died in 2001? Or would Ingels, a brash Danish prodigy, follow his instincts and steer the building in a more adventurous direction — and risk running into the controversy that has dashed the ambitions of many a World Trade Center architect before him?
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The 21st-century skill set for architects
The Journal of the American Institute of Architects
The architecture profession is not known for being quick to change, but as the design process goes digital and clients demand more value from their projects, a budding or seasoned architect must evolve to stay relevant. While the core competencies — design, planning, drafting, rendering and BIM — remain invaluable, the following skills can give designers an edge.
Flagship Yotel designed by HWKN to open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
World Architecture News
As the prices of New York real estate continue to rise, the demand for smaller spaces in the city is at an all-time high. Micro-unit apartments, under 300 sq ft, are being proposed for several neighborhoods in the city and hotels, too, are realizing there is indeed a market for smaller scaled spaces. One, in particular that has been on the front lines of the "build small" movement, is the London-based luxury hospitality brand, Yotel, part of the YO! Company founded by Simon Woodroffe. It announced plans to open a second, New York location and first ground up hotel in the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
More evidence of positive effects of nature in built environments
By Michael J. Berens
Increased daylighting is now a common strategy for reducing energy consumption in buildings. It has the added benefit that it is also good for occupants. Exposure to sunlight and natural views have been shown to improve mood, increase productivity and enhance wellness. Several recent studies have found that providing access to nature and natural views in the built environment also promotes a number of other positive behaviors.
10 ways architectural employers can maximize the effectiveness of their employees
Management is not a science; it is an art. Maximizing the effectiveness of a studio is not about implementing broad strokes out of a step-by-step guide, but rather requires understanding the nuances of performance, environment and long-term goals. These 10 suggestions serve as a starting point for creating a more holistic management strategy.
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