Chicago architect John Vinci will receive this yearâ€™s lifetime achievement award from the AIAÂ Chicago,Â the local chapter announcedÂ in June.Â Vinciâ€™s work includes preservation activismâ€”he helped reconstruct Louis Sullivanâ€™s Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room inside the Art Institute of Chicagoâ€”and original designs like the Arts Club of Chicago and the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. He is a principal of the design firm Vinci Hamp Architects. Read More
The AIA’sÂ Committee on the Environment (COTE) has announced the winners of its annual sustainabilityÂ awards program. Now in its 18th year, the COTE awardsÂ celebrate green architecture, design, and technology. According to a press release,Â the winning projects must â€œmake a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts.â€
Each of the ten winners will be officially honored at the AIA’s National Convention and Design Exhibition in Chicago later this year, but, in the meantime, hereâ€™s a closer look at the 10 winners.
Between keynote sessions, awards presentations, and interviews at the American Institute of Architects‘ (AIA) National 2013 Convention, AN‘s editors joined 20,000 attending architects in the search for the newest and most innovative products on the floor of the Colorado Convention Center’s exposition hall. Following are a few notable discoveries.
SureClad Porcelain Stone
The Tennessee-based supplier of interior ceramics has partnered with Shackerley, a British manufacturer of porcelain ventilated facade systems, for an exterior cladding solution that meets U.S. building codes, including all seismic and hurricane standards. The system (pictured above) is supported by an aluminum frame and is delivered to job sites as a prefabricated system to ensure fast and efficient installation.
This week, AN accompanied members of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter and AIA New Jersey on a boat tour of the Passaic River to examine the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the city of Newark and to discuss recovery efforts ranging from design solutions for rebuilding to resiliency strategies. Newark, like other parts of the Tri-state area, was hit particularly hard by the super storm and will serve as a point of discussion at the Post-Sandy Regional Working Group’s workshop on July 9th with urban planners, developers, stakeholders, and architects from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.