Supreme Court Hinders Local Governments’ Power to Influence Development

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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(massmatt / Flickr)

(massmatt / Flickr)

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.

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Work Hands-On With Cutting Edge Technologies at facades+ Technology Workshops on 7/12!

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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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.

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Cycling into Times Square: An Update from Architects & Urbanists Riding Across the Country

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Monday, July 8, 2013
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The team poses for a photo in Times Square. (Courtesy Peter Murray)

The team poses for a photo in Times Square. (Courtesy Peter Murray)

[ 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.

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Engage in a Dialog with Leading Industry Experts at facades+ on 7/12!

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Monday, July 8, 2013
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AN‘s facades+ PERFORMANCE Conference in San Francisco is just 4 short days away! Have you registered for our Dialog Workshops yet? It isn’t too late!

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.

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Discuss the Structural Performance of Facades with James Parker and John Tawresey at facades+ on 7/12!

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Friday, July 5, 2013
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One of John Tawresy's most notable projects includes the Washington Mutual Tower.

One of John Tawresey’s (KPFF Consulting Engineers) most notable projects includes the Washington Mutual Tower.

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.

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Dig Into Composites with Bill Kreysler at facades+PERFORMANCE on July 12th!

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Thursday, July 4, 2013
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(Courtesy Kreysler & Associates)

(Courtesy Kreysler & Associates)

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!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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CO Architects, winner of the 2013 BIM Awards, was recognized for the design of the Health Sciences Education Building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. (IMAGE COURTESY OF CO ARCHITECTS)

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.

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Meet Ronald Rael of Emerging Objects at Facades+PERFORMANCE San Francisco on 7/12!

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Monday, July 1, 2013
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Ronald Rael of Emerging Objects will join facades+ PERFORMANCE in San Francisco

Ronald Rael of Emerging Objects will join facades+ PERFORMANCE in San Francisco

We are excited to announce that Ronald Rael, founding partner of Emerging Objects, will join Ronnie Parsons of Mode Collective at our facades+ PERFORMANCE conference in San Francisco in less than two weeks!

Emerging Objects is a pioneering 3D printing design and research company that reaches beyond using plastic and focuses on using innovative, sustainable, and recyclable materials—paper, nylon, salt, wood, clay, acrylic, and cement polymer—to create 3D printing objects for the built environment, including facade elements such as “The Wave Curtain.”

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Q+A> Part Two of AN’s Discussion with Eco-Architect Ken Yeang

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Friday, June 28, 2013
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(Courtesy Ken Yeang)

(Courtesy Ken Yeang)

This is second of a two part interview of Ken Yeang one of the earliest thinkers and designers in the field of sustainable architecture. The interview was conducted by Mic Patterson of Enclos who will be introducing Yeang at The Architect’s Newspaper’s Facades+PERFORMANCE conference on July 11 in San Francisco.

Mic Patterson: Your work clearly demonstrates that concepts of bioclimatic design are readily scalable from the residence to the skyscraper to the urban environment. How do the considerations of bioclimatic design apply at the scale of building subassembly or the the building skin?

Ken Yeang: At the sub-assembly level, we have developed devices such as the ‘raincheck’ wall being a glazing façade system that lets in ventilation but keeps out rain. Another device we are working on is a ‘solar chimney’ that uses a double-glazed glass-shaft to naturally ventilate internal spaces.

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Anthony Foxx & Tom Prendergast Confirmed as Head of USDOT and NYC MYA

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Tom Prendergast (left) and Anthony Foxx (right).

Tom Prendergast (left) and Anthony Foxx (right).

We’ve known for a while that Tom Prendergast and Anthony Foxx would be leading New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation for a while now, but now it’s official. The New York State Senate has confirmed Prendergast has been appointed as the new chairman and CEO of the MTA and Congress has okayed President Obama’s selection of Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of Transportation.

Prendergast, who has extensive experience working in the transit system, is replacing Joe Lhota who left the position to run for New York City Mayor. With Prendergast’s new role comes the heavy responsibility of managing an annual $13 billion dollar budget and effectively serving 8.5 million commuters per weekday.

Anthony Foxx, former mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, replaces Secretary Ray LaHood, a notable enforcer of safety who initiated a strong campaign against distracted driving. Foxx says that he will follow from LaHood’s example, making safety a priority as well.

The Shortlist> Top Five Competitions of the Week

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
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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.

Skin Digital Fabrication Competition. TEX-FAB has launched the 2013 SKIN Competition. The international, two-stage digital fabrication competition invites architect, designers, and researchers to rethink the building envelope and boldly explore performative qualities of a facade. Participants are free to select any context of their choosing, real or virtual, at any scale and on any building type. In phase one of the competition four winners will be awarded a $1,000 stipend used towards the development of their design. The winning proposal will be built at scale with fabrication sponsorship by Zahner Co, will win $1,000  and will be exhibited in Austin, Texas for the TEX-FAB 5 event in February 2014.

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013

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Discovering Cities: An Update from Architects & Planners Biking Across the Country

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Thursday, June 27, 2013
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Cycle lanes and landscaping in Indianapolis. (Eric Fischer / Flickr)

Cycle lanes and landscaping in Indianapolis. (Eric Fischer / Flickr)

[ 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. As the P2P team gears up for its triumphant arrival in Manhattan on Sunday (June 30th) having completed the U.S. leg of the trip, Peter Murray looks back at some of the highlights of the last week’s riding. ]

One of the delights of cycling across the States has been to experience cities whose names were familiar to me but whose contemporary characteristics and qualities were a void. I am ashamed to admit that when first researching our route through Pittsburgh my main ideas of the city were influenced by scenes of Pennsylvania’s shrinking steel industry from Michael Cimino’s 1978 film The Deerhunter. Instead, I found that Pittsburgh is “the regeneration capital of the U.S.,” eds and meds have replaced steel and it has a fast-improving bicycle infrastructure. Much of the credit for this last piece of progress must go to the energy of Scott Bricker and Lou Fineberg who founded Bike Pittsburgh just over a decade ago. The city still has a long way to go but it has bike lanes and riverside trails and it is highly probable that the next Mayor will be the Democrat Bill Peduto, who is a strong supporter of better biking. Of buildings in the city, we much enjoyed H. H. Richardson’s powerful Allegheny Courthouse and Jail with its rough stone masonry and Romanesque detailing.

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