Monday, October 6, 2014
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In October, the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming to the Big Easy for three days of speakers and educational workshops that discuss sustainable architecture. reThink Wood will have several experts on-site to discuss how wood framing is contributing to reduced environmental impact, and helping building designers earn points in green rating systems like LEEDV4.
reThink Wood events taking place at its booth (#2539) throughout the convention include:
#GreenbuildChat Twitter Q&A
Join @reThinkWood for a LIVE Twitter discussion on Wednesday, October 22 at 11:00 AM CT with a panel of architects to discuss how wood allows architects to design effective urban structures while earning points in LEEDV4.
Education Labs, Presented by WoodWorks
Comparative Life Cycle Assessment: Multi-Story, CLT Apartment in Quebec
Blane Grann, Scientist in the Durability and Sustainability group at FPInnovations
Wednesday, October 22 â€“ 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Mid-Rise and Beyond – Wood Construction in the Vibrant Urban Environment
Scott Breneman, Senior Technical Director at WoodWorks
Thursday, October 23 â€“ 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Healthy Buildings: The Case for Visual Wood
David Fell, Research Leader for Market Research at FPInnovations
Wednesday, October 22 â€“ 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Resilient Communities by Design
Erik Kneer, Project Manager at Holmes Culley, Founding member of the Structural Engineers Association of California’s (SEAOC) Sustainable Design Committee
Thursday, October 23 â€“ 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
School Building as Teacher: Design for the Future
Randall Walter, AIA LEED AP, Architect at Bensonwood
Thursday, October 23 â€“ 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
To learn more, visitÂ reThink Wood. Or,Â connect with reThink Wood onÂ Facebook,Â Twitter, YouTubeÂ and Slideshare.
Archtober Building of the Day #3
The New School University Center
65 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), the five-story academic building topped with student housing on the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street aggressively embraces its urban setting wearing a vivid zig zag expression of vertical circulation on its sleeve. The AIA New York Chapter held the most recent FitCity conference in its 800-seat auditorium last May. The site was selected for this annual event that brings public health and design professionals together, partly because stairs are the defining element of the structure.
A new downtown festival launching tomorrow celebrates the â€œgrit, greatness and renewalâ€ of Chicago by paying tribute its greatest tragedy. In a move reminiscent of Las Fallas in Valencia, Spain, The Chicago Fire Festival will float some theatrical pyrotechnics down the Chicago River on Saturday evening. Read More
What can you do with a vacant lot? Urban activists in Louisville have set out to show just how much with an ongoing pop-up festival of sorts at 615-621 West Main Street, an empty plot of land in the heart of downtown where REX‘s Museum Plaza skyscraper was once set to rise.
When the final phase of the High Line opened in September, Mayor de Blasio was not there to celebrateâ€”neither was his Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, reported the New York Times. The mayor was off to Pittsburgh that day and Silver apparently had a scheduling conflict so deputies for both men were sent instead. But if the mayor would have made it to the opening, it would have been his first time on the High Line. Ever.
On October 9, Daniel Libeskind marks the opening ofÂ Dwell on Design NY, aÂ three-day event bringing together design luminaries for discussions and presentations onÂ urban design and architecture.Â Other speakers at the conference include architect David Rockwell, Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, Designtex CEO Susan Lyons, Claire Fellman of SnÃ¸hetta, and many others. Highlights of Dwell on Design NYÂ include self-guided tours of private residences in Tribeca, the Flatiron district, Harlem, and Soho; the curated retail Dwell Store; and CEU sessions. More information is available on the Dwell on Design website.
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Prismatic pyramid evokes desert mirage by day, Aurora Borealis by night.
Given that their pyramidal acrylic installation at this summer’s Burning Man was inspired in part by Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon album cover, it seems safe to say that the architects at Red Deer “get” the festival’s vibe. “We try to get very intimate with our sites, so it was interesting to approach one that we hadn’t been able to visit,” said founding director CiarÃ¡n O’Brien. “Some of the primal forces we could see at play there were the heat of the desert and the way people interact with structures. Specifically, for us it was about light in all its forms.” The UK firm worked closely with the structural engineers at Structure Mode to design a transparent six-meter-tall structure comprising interlocking equilateral triangles, while New York Institute of Technology professor Charles Matz contributed an integrated light display based on the Aurora Borealis. “All kinds of imagery came to mind that held to the desert landscape,” said O’Brien. “By day, the concept evoked a mirage; by night, a kaleidoscope. One is ephemeral, a non-place; the other is specific, a beacon.” Read More
Archtober Building of the Day #2
250 Bowery, New York, NY
Morris Adjmi Architects and AA Studio
Winner of a 2014 AIA New York Chapter Merit Award, 250 Bowery is the latest insertion into the paradeÂ of Pritzker Prizeâ€“winners on the Bowery. Morris Adjmi Architects Project Architect Mohammed Rajab led our group of enthusiasts and developers from Canadaâ€”yes, friends, you can use Archtober to suss out your competitionâ€”through a private duplex luxury condo currently on the market.
The members of Chicago‘s Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) control nearly 80 percent of downtown Chicago’s rentable building area. That makes them critical to local energy efficiency initiatives that aim to reduce the nearly 40 percent of U.S. energy that is consumed by buildings. Read More
Manufacturing is returning to Buffalo, New York in a big way. In late September, SolarCity broke ground on a 1.2-million-square-foot solar panel manufacturing plant that will be the biggest facility of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The company, which Elon Musk chairs, is investing $5 billion into the project thatÂ will rise on the site of a formerÂ Republic Steel factory. WhenÂ fully operational, the panels produced at the factory are expected to generateÂ one gigawatt of energy, that’s roughly enough power to power 145,000 homes.
Archtober Building of the Day #1
The Public Theater at Astor Place
425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY
Many “Building of the Day” tours demonstrate the vibrancy of New York City, as it manifests itself in public spaces, public buildings, and, today, in the Public Theater.Â Theater shows us who we are, and the Public Theater has presented a balanced mix of Shakespeare, classics, musicals, contemporary works, and experimental. The lobby is filled with words, and immediately my head is filled with quotes from the Bard: â€œWhat do you read, my lord,â€ and Hamlet replies: â€Words, words, words.â€ So we kick off with some good words about the public, the theater, and the splendid blend of history and aspiration that brings them all together.