Numbers are staying strong. AIA’s Architecture Billing Index for the month of June has revealed steady, but positive growth. The June ABI score of 51.6 reflected only a slight drop from May’s score of 52.9, and still indicates a general upswing for the non-residential construction industry. More projects will likely be on the horizon. The new projects inquiry index reported a significant climb in numbers to 62.6 from 59.1 the previous month.
The Biennial of the Americas’ 2013 exposition Draft Urbanism, headed by Colorado-based curator Cortney Stell, has rounded up the most engaging art, architecture, and film dialogues from across the Americas to turn Denver into a enormous fair. The exposition kicked off last week on July 16. Now through September 2, four full-scale architecture exhibitions will tackle important urban matters throughout downtown, where new and existing billboards, posters, and other urban signage are used to exhibit art. The public is encouraged to stop by each work and to thereby transform the city itself into a living, urban museum.
Are you eager to put your architectural design skills to the test? Here are some exciting upcoming competitions that will be sure to present you with the type of challenge you’ve been waiting for. AN‘s editors have combed through our online listing of architecture and design competitions to bring you five of the most interesting competitions happening right now. If you’d like your competition to be included in the listing, please submit it here.
Activate Union Station. While Chicago’s Union Station is an iconic building and an important transport center, it has much more potential. The Metropolitan Planning Council’s Fifth Annual Placemaking Contest is awarding cash prizes of $5,000 to the top temporary ideas that transform three specific sites within the space into a gathering place for West Loop residents and an attraction for tourists. Two winners will have the opportunity to implement their designs for 10 days this summer, between August 24 and September 3, 2013.
Submission Deadline: July 24, 2013.
Engineering group ARUP and art and design studio Rebar have announced a design for a rainwater-harvesting, solar-powered, portable pop-up spa that receives every watt of energy it requires from the sun. The energy comes from heat exchangers and efficient equipment to heat and power the “healthy hedonist” experience called SOAK. The shipping container-spa conserves resources with thoughtful engineering and provides the core experience of the conventional bathhouse in a microcosm. The project, a prime example of tactical urbanism, joins personal wellness with social vitality while combining the most intelligent form of energy and alternative resources.
AN’s long-awaited facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference is finally here! Join us tomorrow on Symposium Day as an array of renowned architects and engineers representing leading firms from all across the nation—and the world—unite at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. These prominent industry leaders will deliver presentations and lead discussion-based panels on the fast-paced evolution of façade technology.
The morning Keynote Address will be delivered by Ecoarchitect Dr. Kenneth Yeang of Hamzah & Yeang Architects, who has flown in all the way from Malaysia to speak at facades+! Through his presentation Yeang will examine the principles of green architecture and will discuss several topics in ecological design, including the green building as a “living system,” the vegetated facade, and the facade as a “linear park.”
Gary Handel of Handel Architects will deliver the afternoon Keynote Address in which he will explore the history of the development of glass facades and identify future advances in facade technology.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a five-to-four decision that a Florida water management district violated private property rights by asking a local developer to help finance the environmental mitigation of building on wetlands in exchange for a construction permit. Justice Elena Kagan said the decision might cause a revolution in land-use regulation. “Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District” will retain an enduring impact on the capacity for local governments to influence new development.
Sometimes the most effective way to learn something is to try it for yourself. Register for any one of AN’s facades+PERFORMANCE Technology Workshops on July 12th and work one-on-one with renowned leaders in digital fabrication while gaining hands-on experience with cutting edge technologies. Participants will not only walk away having earned 8 LU AIA CE credits but also having created their very own prototypes! Here is a quick overview of this year’s line-up of Technology Workshops.
Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab, CCA and his associate, Ripon DeLeon will lead the “Responsive Facades” workshop. Sign up for this workshop and learn how Grasshopper, Firefly, and Arduino can be used as technical tools in the design and prototyping of high-performance facades.
[ Editor's Note: Peter Murray, of the New London Architecture center, together with a dozen architects and planners, is biking from Portland, Oregon to Portland Place in London, studying how cities are responding to the demand for better cycling infrastructure. He reports from the start of his ride. The Architect’s Newspaper is USA media sponsor of the trip and will post periodic updates of these architects on bicycles. ]
At the beginning of last week we finished the first major leg of the tour – we arrived in New York. After nearly 4,000 miles of riding the group took the Hoboken Ferry to 39th Street, cycled a short way up the West Hudson Greenway and then crosstown into Times Square.
The Greenway is one of the best bits of cycling infrastructure in the city and forms part of the Hudson River Park, a series of landscaping and regeneration projects on the site of the old docks and a fantastic new public amenity. The pedestrianisation of Times Square and the cycle route along Broadway are the most visible of the improvements to the public realm engineered over the last decade by the Bloomberg administration, led by the charismatic Department of Transport (DoT) Commissioner Janette Sadik Khan. So popular is the area with pedestrians and tourists that we found it hard to cycle through the crush when we arrived there; but the huge digital screens that cover every building in the Square provided a photogenic backdrop.
Earn up to 8 AIA LU credits, interact with your peers, form valuable connections, and engage in in-depth dialogs with leading architects, fabricators, developers, and engineers in intimate classroom settings. From using innovative materials to the process of correctly implementing them, from achieving energy efficiency to ensuring structural performance, this year’s stimulating line-up of workshops covers all aspects of constructing a high-performance building facade.
For his “Emerging Material Technologies” workshop, conference co-coordinator Jeff Vaglio of Enclos has gathered a group of material technology experts including Bill Kreysler (Kreysler & Associates), Valerie Block (DuPont), Jason Flannery (Taktl), Tom Bialk (GKD), and James Sable (GreenScreen). Together the panel will examine an array of innovative materials and discuss the effects of implementing such materials into a high-performance facade design.
Discuss the Structural Performance of Facades with James Parker and John Tawresey at facades+ on 7/12!
Are you interested in learning about the structural performance of a building facade? Attend AN‘s facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco on 7/12 and meet James Parker of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and John Tawresey of KPFF Consulting Engineers. The pair will lead a half-day Dialog Workshop titled “The Structure of Facades – Criteria, Design Concepts and Performance.”
When we think about the performance criteria of a high-performance building envelope often the primary factors that first come to mind are things like water resistance, energy savings, aesthetics, and longevity. In this workshop Parker and Tawresey will explore the sometimes-overlooked but very essential aspect of building a modern façade: structural performance. The pair will discuss the building codes, industry standards, and performance criteria that must be met in order to effectively construct a successful modern high-performance façade.
Register for James Parker and John Tawresey’s workshop and work closely with, learn from, and have your questions answered by two renowned and highly experienced structural engineers in an intimate classroom setting. An opportunity like this one doesn’t come around often! Students will also earn 4 LU AIA CE credits for participating in this valuable workshop experience.
Do you dare to get your hands dirty? If so, you won’t want to miss Kreysler & Associates‘ Bill Kreysler and Joshua Zabel as they lead the “Hands-On Composites” Technology Workshop at facades+PERFORMANCE on July 12th in San Francisco!
Since it’s founding in 1982 Kreysler & Associates has excelled as a leader in the development of molding and application of composites for construction and architectural uses.
In this very hands-on workshop Kreysler and Zabel will delve into an in-depth exploration of composite materials, which Bill Kreysler defines as “engineered or naturally occurring materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties which remain separate and distinct at the macroscopic or microscopic scale within the finished structure.” The full-day workshop will focus specifically on using composite materials in the creation of high-performance facade designs.
Participants will not only earn 8 LU AIA CE credits but they will also get the chance to design their very own FRP shapes and develop the creative and technical knowledge necessary to design and prototype composite based building components. Learn more about our workshops and register for our facades+ conference here!
Innovative Technologies & the Facade Building Process: Two “Can’t Miss” Workshops at facades+ on 7/12!
This year’s facades+ PERFORMANCE conference features an exciting line-up of Dialog Workshops. Here are two that you won’t want to miss!
On paper, the steps involved in creating and delivering a high-performance building facade seem relatively simple. In reality, unforeseen changes in cost and scheduling often complicate the process and hinder it’s timely completion. At our facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco on July 12th, Alex Korter and Kevin Kavanagh from CO Architects, winners of the 2013 BIM Awards, will present the “Breaking Facades: Why Process is Often More Important Than Materiality” Dialog Workshop. Through a step by step analysis, the pair will explore the process of creating and delivering a high-performance building facade, from beginning to end.
By participating in this morning workshop registered architects will earn 4 LU AIA CE credits! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn helpful tips in dodging obstacles and successfully navigating the creation and delivery of the intelligent facade from leading industry experts.