Archinect - News 2015-08-31T11:32:35-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/130355051/dry-rot-to-blame-for-berkeley-balcony-collapse-existing-building-codes-called-into-question Dry rot to blame for Berkeley balcony collapse; existing building codes called into question Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T21:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-02T12:29:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7zqm95ml4l3vprg.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a report released a week after the incident, officials with Berkeley&rsquo;s Building and Safety Division confirmed suspicions that dry rot had deteriorated the wood beams supporting the balcony. They also said they found no construction code violations.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been a week since the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tragic balcony collapse</a> occurred, and while the victims' families try to cope with the grief, experts have been searching frantically for the cause of the accident. Was the fault in the structural design? Is the contractor to blame for poor execution? Speculations quickly ran wild, and the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">comment section</a> of Archinect's news post quickly flared up.</p><p>The newly released report seems to have determined the cause of the collapse, but the debate on how to improve existing building codes (and properly enforce them) has just begun.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/129726748/6-dead-after-berkeley-balcony-collapses 6 dead after Berkeley balcony collapses Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-16T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-06-25T18:04:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yv/yviy08zsxa9xlx73.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berkeley city officials have shut down access to public records regarding the construction of the apartment complex, which was completed in January 2007. Normally, they would be viewable upon request, but zoning office staff cited a pending police investigation and a request by the Berkeley city manager that the records not be made immediately available.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The fifth-floor balcony collapsed early morning Tuesday, in the midst of a birthday celebration for one of the victims. At the time of collapse, there were reportedly thirteen people on the balcony; the seven who survived the fall now face life-threatening injuries. Of the six dead, five were Irish citizens, living or working in the Bay Area for the summer.</p><p>Library Gardens apartments, where the collapse occurred, was completed eight years ago, and typically houses students and faculty of nearby University of California, Berkeley. As victims were identified and families notified, the collapse quickly became international news, and a police investigation into the building's safety is pending. Historically, the Bay Area has been a popular destination for Irish students to spend a summer abroad &ndash; it's unclear what effect this tragic event will have on future exchanges.</p><p><strong>Update: <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dry-rot-berkeley-balcony-collapse-20150616-story.html#page=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry rot could be factor in Berkeley balcony collapse, engineers say</a>&nbsp;</strong><em>(via LA Times)</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114115688/the-architecture-of-loss-how-to-redesign-after-a-school-shooting The Architecture of Loss: How to Redesign After a School Shooting Alexander Walter 2014-11-20T14:22:00-05:00 >2014-11-25T11:37:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccf381e76f2c8bfa50335c50445d0a89.jpg" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Good architects strive to balance design and function while listening closely to a client&rsquo;s emotional needs for the space. Public projects often have the added layers of bureaucratic paperwork, &nbsp;media scrutiny, and community outreach. But rebuilding a school after a shooting presents a unique kaleidoscope of intense feelings. Architects must create an environment that not only promotes learning, but also helps the students&mdash;and their towns&mdash;heal from tragedy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91837737/amber-long-young-philadelphia-architect-killed-in-attempted-robbery Amber Long, young Philadelphia architect, killed in attempted robbery Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T13:52:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T18:43:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a3tuuysfw0riurlj.jpg" width="514" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Archinect is shocked and saddened to report the death of Philadelphia architect Amber Long, a recent Philadelphia University graduate working for <a href="http://www.usconstructioninc.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Construction Inc</a>. Long was shot and killed this past Sunday night, the victim of an attempted robbery while walking home with her mother. She was known for her passion in sustainability and green architecture, both as a student and in her young professional life, planning to become a LEED-certified, registered architect.</p> <p> Friends, family and Philadelphia University colleagues have joined together to create a scholarship foundation in Long's memory, to be awarded to a student with the energy, selflessness and passion for sustainability that Long was known for.</p> <p> Updates regarding the scholarship will be posted to <a href="http://amberjeanettelong.com/2014/01/22/service/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amber's website</a>,&nbsp;along with tributes to Amber's life by friends and family.</p> <p> NBC Philadelphia's coverage of the tragic news is available&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Woman-Shot-Killed-after-Attempted-Robbery-241111101.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84139981/in-memoriam-mark-and-lucas-benjamin-of-morley-builders In Memoriam: Mark and Lucas Benjamin of Morley Builders Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-14T14:11:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T11:50:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9a/9a4ou2abwb8xjhwm.jpg" width="514" height="565" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark Benjamin, President and CEO of Santa Monica-based Morley Builders, died on September 29, 2013 in a tragic airplane accident that also took the life of his son Lucas Robert Benjamin and two other lives [...] A memorial service will be held for Mark and Luke on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., with a reception following, at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Morley Builders has given shape to many prominent Southern California structures, including the California Science Center, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Getty Villa, UCLA's Royce Hall, and the Geffen Playhouse. Mark Benjamin became CEO and President in 1981, and his son Lucas served as Senior Project Engineer.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/82594067/remembering-architect-ross-langdon-partner-and-unborn-child-victims-of-nairobi-terrorist-attack Remembering Architect Ross Langdon, partner and unborn child - victims of Nairobi terrorist attack Archinect 2013-09-24T12:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-24T13:06:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bk/bkjwl9kh3gnasnnb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is with great sadness that we report that Australian/British architect and public interest designer Ross Langdon, 32, was among those killed in the terrorist attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in recent days. He was killed alongside his partner, Elif Yavuz, who worked for the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation in Kenya, and was just two weeks from her due date to give birth to their first child.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63950936/after-newtown-architects-weigh-school-design-changes After Newtown, Architects Weigh School Design Changes Archinect 2012-12-22T17:46:00-05:00 >2012-12-30T18:33:10-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d48950f0ebc831828aad6f370c172667.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark Simon, a founding partner of Centerbrook Architects and Planners, agrees. &ldquo;I think [bars and other fortifying techniques] send the wrong message to both kids and teachers,&rdquo; he says. Based in Centerbrook, Connecticut, Simon has designed 20 school buildings, including five public elementary schools, though none in Newtown. &ldquo;Buildings tell stories, and when a building is designed that way, it tells you that it doesn&rsquo;t trust you. And kids intuit that they&rsquo;re not trusted,&rdquo; he says.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63409153/our-hearts-are-with-the-families-at-sandy-hook-elementary-school Our hearts are with the families at Sandy Hook Elementary School Paul Petrunia 2012-12-14T15:25:00-05:00 >2012-12-21T16:12:38-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sw/sw2xi00mzdcq469h.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> I'm sorry for using this platform for a personal, off-topic, message. It's been a while since I have. But, today's tragedy in Connecticut is about as sad as it gets. This isn't an issue of politics or civil rights. This is an issue about humanity, and good vs. evil. I hope that if anything positive comes out of today's event, it's that the gun control debate will end in this country.</p>