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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
To learn more, visit reThink Wood. Or, connect with reThink Wood on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Slideshare.
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.
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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 Ciarán 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
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The Architect’s Journal reported, somewhat melodramatically, that a “row” has broken about between MVRDV and the British firm LDA over the redevelopment of the Hammer and Sickle Factory in Moscow. MVRDV’s competition winning scheme, which respected the existing historic factory buildings, has been dumped in favor of LDA’s swoopier Shanghai/Dubai/Where-am-I scheme. Hurt feelings aside, MVRDV might have dodged a dictatorial bullet. Russia isn’t exactly the most stable or desirable or reputation-burnishing place to work these days.
A straight-forward, standard-issue park just won’t do for the uber-trendy, graffiti-covered streets of Miami‘s Wynwood Arts District. Instead of merely carving up green space within the artsy district, Tony Cho, a local real estate broker and developer, launched an international design competition to turn a parking lot into a public space worthy of its distinguished neighborhood.
Construction has begun on the latest addition to Milwaukee’s lakefront skyline, a sleek curving tower from Pickard Chilton. Gilbane Building Co. and C.G. Schmidt broke ground in August on the new 32-story headquarters of insurance giant Northwestern Mutual. Read More
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Custom sliding wood shades maximize privacy and views in Adirondack Mountains retreat.
Architect-led design build firm GLUCK+ designed the Lakeside Retreat in the Adirondack Mountains on an historic blueprint: the Great Camps, sprawling summer compounds built by vacationing families during the second half of the nineteenth century. “The clients wanted to hold events there, and to make a place where their kids—who were in college at the time—would want to spend time,” said project manager Kathy Chang. “They wanted to create different ways of occupying the space.” GLUCK+ carved the hilly wooded site into a series of semi-subterranean buildings, of which the two principal structures are the family house and the recreation building. These buildings are, in turn, distinguished by massive lake-facing glass facades, camouflaged by wooden screens designed to maximize both privacy and views. Read More