Archinect - News 2015-11-30T14:10:47-05:00 A helping hand: Glasgow School of Art receives detailed Mackintosh Building sketches from Ph.D. alumnus, as restoration plan progresses Justine Testado 2015-09-08T18:40:00-04:00 >2015-09-08T19:51:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Prospects look promising right now for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art</a> as their plan to restore the historic Mackintosh Building from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a devastating fire</a> last May pieces itself together. After months of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">debate</a> about whether to restore or replace the Mackintosh, locally based Page\Park Architects won the competition to work with the school in restoring the structure <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this past March</a>.</p><p>Most recently, the GSA received a gift of 22 architectural drawings of the Mackintosh Building, meticulously drawn and donated by Professor George Cairns from the QUT Business School in Brisbane. They're considered to be the most comprehensive drawings of the building in existence.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><em>George Cairns' drawing of the East Wing Staircase.</em></p><p>Perhaps this was a stroke of luck for the school. Cairns first created the drawings while working toward his Ph.D. at GSA's Mackintosh School of Architecture during the early 1990s. The A1-size drawings, which are mostly drawn at a 1:100 scale, depict the Mackintosh as it was completed i...</p> Are English universities picking up "American habits" as campus construction booms? Justine Testado 2015-05-06T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T19:01:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cranes are going up all over universities. A new student village here, an extension to the business school there, airy atria everywhere, even a scattering of 'iconic' or 'signature' buildings aspiring to be on shortlists for architectural awards. Higher education is investing unprecedented amounts in infrastructure &ndash; for good and necessary reasons but maybe for bad ones too.</p></em><br /><br /><p>UCL Institute of Education professor Peter Scott comments on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rising trend</a> of English universities leaning toward what he describes as "American habits" at a time when universities are investing greatly in campus construction. Scott lists promising reasons like the upgrading and preservation of historic buildings but also the questionable prestige- and business-driven motives that are already familiar in U.S. institutions.</p> Architects, Engineers Selected For John Tyler Community College Phase III kimweiss 2013-01-24T16:30:00-05:00 >2013-01-29T09:16:04-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <i>Clark Nexsen and Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee will design the Academic Building and Parking Deck</i></p> <p> January 24, 2013 (Raleigh, NC) -- The team of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Nexsen</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee</a> (PBC+L) has been selected to design the Phase III Academic Building and Parking Deck on John Tyler Community College&rsquo;s (JTCC) Midlothian, Virginia, campus. Both firms bring extensive experience in higher education facilities design and sustainable architecture to the team.</p> <p> This will be the fifth building on the JTCC Midlothian Campus, and college administrators say it will be critical to the growth and emerging identity of the campus.</p> <p> Jeffrey Lee, FAIA, Design Principal for the project, anticipates that the 70,000-square-foot building will include academic classrooms, faculty offices, auditorium space/performance arts space, a student services center, food service, and a 350-space parking garage.</p> <p> The project will be on a fast track for completion in January 2015, Lee said.</p> <p> Founded in 196...</p> Kenya loses Sh1.4 billion ($15.5m) on collapsed buildings Archinect 2011-07-26T19:12:43-04:00 >2011-07-26T19:14:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chairman Gideon Mulyungi said 24 buildings have collapsed in the country since 1996. &ldquo;Forty-one lives have been lost and 47 people injured over the same period,&rdquo; Mr Mulyungi said in an interview.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Faculty Club, Tilburg University, by Shift architecture urbanism Paul Petrunia 2011-06-21T18:30:35-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Tilburg University has extended its campus with the Faculty Club, a multipurpose pavilion for the academic staff and their guests. Shift architecture urbanism took the initiative to reanimate the quintessential quality of the Tilburg campus: strong solitary buildings in the green. The monumental modernism of Jos Bedaux served as a frame of reference. Bedaux designed the first - still the best - buildings for the university in the sixties.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> By creating a strong formal relation between the existing university buildings and the new Faculty Club, an ensemble of omni-directional solitaires is created. This enables one to recognize the Faculty Club as part of the university, despite its peripheral forest location and exclusive program.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> The Faculty Club is designed as a carved-out-monolith, one simple box in which transparency and massiveness melt together. The central restaurant is carved out from the centre, creating a tunnel-effect in the front fa&ccedil;ade. In order to strengthen ...</p>