Computational Ecologies: Inside the 2015 ACADIA Conference in Cincinnati

Architecture, National, Technology
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
"Reciprocal Artifacts," Michael Leighton Beaman + Zaneta Hong (Beta-field). (John Stoughton/AN)

“Reciprocal Artifacts,” Michael Leighton Beaman + Zaneta Hong (Beta-field). (John Stoughton/AN)

The 35th annual conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) took place in Cincinnati (at Peter Eisenman’s infamous DAAP Building) in late October. The international conference is a three-day long academic event presenting peer-reviewed research and experimental work of 50 computational designers, students, and architects. Topics range from material science, biomimesis, geomimesis, robotics, environmental parametrics, and ecological urbanism.

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Finding Asylum: Tracing the evolution of five Kirkbride Planned hospitals for the insane

The elegant rooftop of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts. (Christopher Payne)

The elegant rooftop of the Danvers State Hospital in Massachusetts. (Christopher Payne)

The Victorian-era psychologist Thomas Story Kirkbride advocated the use of fresh air and elegant architecture for healing mental illnesses. Under the Kirkbride Plan for asylums, patients resided in extensive, well-landscaped grounds and palace-like structures. Yet inside, unplanned by the architects, patients often were restrained in chains and dark dungeons and suffered ice-water baths.

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Product> Street Seen: New Landscape Furnishings

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Kornegay Design)

Whether used to enhance the identity of an entire community or an individual institution, street furnishings present a primary opportunity to engage the public with design. From planters and bike racks to seating and waste bins, all elements play a part in the dialogue.

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Architecture Billings Index up for September, though architecture talent pool is not deep enough for demand

Architecture, National, News
Friday, October 23, 2015


It may be getting colder outside, but the Architecture Billing Index (ABI) is heating up. In September, the ABI bounced back to positive territory, and has seen growth in two-thirds of the months this year. The AIA reported that the September ABI was 53.7, up 4.6 points from August. Any score above 50 marks an increase in billings. Read More

The sun shines on SURE HOUSE as it triumphs in the Solar Decathlon

(Courtesy SURE HOUSE)

(Courtesy SURE HOUSE)

The Stevens Institute of Technology‘s SURE HOUSE has won the biennial United States Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon for 2015, beating out 13 other teams. Showcasing aesthetics, serious sustainability, and financial viability wrapped in a tiny and efficient solar house, the winning dwelling scored consistently well in all ten of the competition’s categories. Read More

Product> On Solid Ground: New Pavers and Decking Products

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Belgard)

Decking and pavers can enhance the look of a site while improving its environmental functionality. Better drainage and erosion prevention can be achieved through choosing the proper hardscape elements.

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A wide array of architects chosen by Walmart owners for Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. (Courtesy Drew Harris)

The Walton Family Foundation has chosen a group of 36 design firms comprising architects and landscape architects to be part of their Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program in a bid to boost the standard of architecture in the up and coming area of Northwest Arkansas.

View the list after the jump.

The 2015 Alice Award winner for graphic publishing documents the open road

Art, Awards, National
Thursday, October 15, 2015
(Courtesy Aperture)

(Courtesy Aperture)

Now in its third year, the Alice Award has announced that The Open Road: Photography & the American Road Trip written by David Campany and published by Aperture (New York), is its 2015 winner. Campany and Aperture will take home a $25,000 prize.

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Here’s your chance to be an architectural television personality

Architecture, Media, National
Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Are there any architects out there who long to be media personalities? Here is your chance and all you need to do is respond to a casting call for young designers who may be interested in applying to be co-hosts. The subject will be “mobile architecture” and you can reach out to them  at to learn more!

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Product> From Classic to Crazy: New Designs for Outdoor Seating

Spec Sheet  

(Courtesy Atelier Vierkant)

From quasi-camouflaged to head-turningly flamboyant, these designs for outdoor seating can enhance the character of a commercial plaza, a municipal complex, or an outdoor hospitality area.

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Van Alen Institute announces winner of National Parks Now competition

(Courtesy Van Alsen Institute)

(Courtesy Van Alen Institute)

After a ten-month competition in which four teams proposed schemes in Northeastern national parks: Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park (Paterson, NJ); Sagamore Hill (Oyster Bay, NY); Steamtown National Historic Site (Scranton, PA); and Weir Farm (Wilton, CT), the Van Alen Institute has finally announced the winner. Read More

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