Archinect - News 2014-04-17T13:03:13-04:00 Mental Health Survey at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture Reveals Worrisome Results joelleond 2014-03-23T13:42:00-04:00 >2014-03-26T13:16:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Earlier this month, the Graduate Architecture, Landscape, and Design Student Union (GALDSU), released the results of its first mental health survey conducted in the month of December 2013. The survey asked students to reflect on their experience at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, with questions ranging from sleeping habits to issues of physical and mental comfort. The survey forms part of GALDSU&rsquo;s Mental Health Initiative and was developed in collaboration with a doctoral candidate of the Department of Psychology of the University of Toronto.</p><p>Architecture schools have a long standing reputation as pressure cookers, where constant deadlines and a drive for innovation have created an environment where all-nighters are glorified and isolation from the outside world is prevalent. The report, now <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">available online</a>, reaffirms that many aspects of this reputation are well deserved. A majority of students reported irregular slee...</p> Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T14:39:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:37:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="192" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, which is already granted young lawyers, doctors and others &ndash; in return for community service.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Indeed, enthusiasm for such legislation knows no bounds on the campuses of architecture schools and elsewhere among the emerging professionals community. One young architect, Evan Litvin of Philadelphia, has launched an online petition that enlists the support of architects nationwide for speedy passage of the NDSA. The link to that petition can be found <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=supporter_message" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</em>"</p> Irish students flock back to engineering and architecture Alexander Walter 2014-03-10T14:00:00-04:00 >2014-03-17T20:23:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="274" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Demand for courses in agriculture, engineering and architecture have risen sharply, latest figures in third-level education show, indicating renewed confidence in the building and construction sector. Student interest in science and business continues to grow but demand for subjects related to the built environment has rocketed, based on preliminary information on student first preferences put together by the Central Applications Office (CAO).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 108 eighth-grade students design their school's library in Berkeley Justine Testado 2014-02-28T20:25:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T15:29:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What good is a school without a library? A team of 108 eighth-grade students at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">REALM Charter School</a> in Berkeley, CA let their curiosity take the lead in designing their school's own reading space, which they call X-SPACE.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>X-Space started out as a school project in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio H</a>, an in-school curriculum led by&nbsp;director Emily Pilloton and 8th-grade teacher Hallie Chen that lets students in grades 8-11 design and build in socially-engaged projects.<br><br>The idea and name of X-Space came from the students' desire for a place to study, to relax, to learn and discover "X"&nbsp;&mdash; the unknown. In short, they wanted a welcoming library space for fellow students at the growing charter school.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Another product of the project is the X-shaped "STAX" shelving system the students helped construct. The stackable shelves were designed from low-tech 13-ply finished plywood and made using high-tech CNC technology with the help of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Studio H launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a> on Feb. 25 and has already raised o...</p> At Boston Latin School, urban planning 101 from the pros Archinect 2014-02-25T15:38:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:00:41-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wendy Holm, the Boston Latin teacher who has incorporated Urban Plan into her economics courses, said it combines basic concepts she has taught her students with something very close to a real-world context. &ldquo;One of the goals that the Urban Land Institute has is that kids come out of this experience and through it have this broader view, then, of this kind of experience and take it into their adult life,&rdquo; said Holm.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hyperloop still far from frictionless reality Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-17T14:09:00-05:00 >2014-01-30T20:39:12-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> What we do know: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a> is a fantastic, gee-whiz! prospect that, in an idealized and seamless application, would get between A and B faster than we ever imagined. But whether the Hyperloop actually can (or should) be built is still very much unclear. Ever since Elon Musk (PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX) first proposed the Hyperloop last year, his "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">white paper</a>" plan caused a flurry of excitement and criticism for a project that was still technically quite vague but so futurist (especially as an alternative to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California High-Speed Rail's lumbering difficulties</a>) that people loved shouting about it, whether for or against.</p> <p> But since then, how has the Hyperloop project developed? Focus has shifted a bit away from Musk onto <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Inc.</a>, an engineering startup backed by JumpStartFund, a Californian crowd-funding/sourcing platform. The founders of HTT, Patricia Galloway and Marco Villa, are now organizing efforts to actually build the thing (or at l...</p> Cooper Union board votes for tuition to begin Fall 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-10T21:03:00-05:00 >2014-01-11T20:33:54-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Working Group plan puts forward a number of recommendations that are worth pursuing under any financial model. However, we believe that the contingencies and risks inherent in the proposals are too great to supplant the need for new revenue sources. Regrettably, tuition remains the only realistic source of new revenue in the near future.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Below is the entire email announcing the Cooper Union's decision to start charging tuition this fall, breaking the school's 153-year tradition.</p> <p> Catch-up on the history behind the controversial move, explained in Archinect's 13 top issues of 2013: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#5: Free Cooper Union</a></p> <p> To: The Cooper Union Community<br> From: Richard S. Lincer<br> Date: January 10, 2014<br> Subject: Working Group Report</p> <p> In late June 2013, an ambitious plan took shape to provide an alternative to a tuition-based financial plan for The Cooper Union. Authored by trustees, faculty, staff and alumni, this alternative came to be known as the &ldquo;Working Group Report.&rdquo; In December, the board began a rigorous review of the assumptions underlying the financial plan that had been adopted by the board in April 2013, and studied in depth the specific recommendations of the Working Group.</p> <p> This review was conducted by everyone on the Board of Trustees with the assistance of the Huron Group, The Cooper Union&rsquo;s financial consultants. ...</p> Solving Problems for Real World, Using Design anthony dong 2013-12-30T13:57:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T19:30:04-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="376" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the projects had wildly different end products, they both had a similar starting point: focusing on how to ease people&rsquo;s lives. And that is a central lesson at the school, which is pushing students to rethink the boundaries for many industries. At the heart of the school&rsquo;s courses is developing what David Kelley, one of the school&rsquo;s founders, calls an empathy muscle.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Cooper Union Architecture Students Launch Campaign To Preserve Free Education Apollo@Didyma 2013-11-29T17:07:00-05:00 >2013-12-01T00:35:08-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our goal is to raise $600,000 to cover the incoming students' tuition bills for one year while a long term solution is developed to sustain the Cooper Union's promise of free education.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Cooper Union students establish the 'One Year Fund'&nbsp;in an attempt to preserve the full-tuition scholarship policy at the historically free New York City school.</p> <p> The students of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, recognize that the institution faces a serious financial crisis that has prompted the administration to introduce tuition. Tuition compromises the meritocratic foundation of the school and undermines the social contract amongst students and faculty.</p> <p> This campaign is a student initiative from within the School of Architecture. The objective of the students involved is to provide the incoming undergraduate students with the equivalent financial support that the current students received upon their acceptance to the School in the form of merit based full-tuition scholarships to all admitted students.</p> <p> The campaign runs until January 6th, 2014.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p> Progressive Designers Need a Learning Experience to Match Sponsor 2013-11-20T17:18:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T17:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>This sponsored post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital-Tutors</a>:</em></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> You are a Progressive Designer. Seeking out new ways to grow your skills and push your creative limits is what you do. When you need to learn a new design software or subject, watching random YouTube videos or paying hundreds of dollars to learn what you could have read in a book, if you even had time to read it, is not what you do. You need training for The Real World.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> At Digital-Tutors, delivering relevant and reliable project-based training to you every week is exactly what we do. Watch introductory tutorials to quickly get up to speed. Or, enhance your design skills with advanced training on integrating applications like Revit, 3ds Max and Photoshop into your workflow, from drafting to visualization. With complete access to every tutorial in the Digital-Tutors library, you can customize your learning experience to fit your exact needs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Progressive designers need progressive tools. Save your notes and tag a...</p> Fast, cheap and... accredited? "Competency-based" higher-ed Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-29T21:11:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T23:10:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What if you could earn a degree as quickly or slowly as you can learn, regardless of whether you plodded through 80 hours in a classroom lecture? That could be the next wave of higher education, as schools come under more pressure to cut costs while proving the value of expensive degrees and competing with the growing number of high-quality free online courses. Call it the decoupling of instruction and testing.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Competency-based education" is the radical new initiative where students pay institutions (pending admittance) a flat, per-semester rate to attend whichever college courses they like. Degrees are awarded when a student passes a "competency" test, regardless of how many units they took or how well they performed in class.&nbsp;</p> <p> The University of Wisconsin, one of several institutions to develop this type of educational format, is set to launch its highly scrutinized "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Flex-Option</a>" pilot program this November. The program targets adults who have yet to acquire a bachelor degree, which could mean drastically altering the demographics of higher education, as well as grade-based degree systems. The model could also help turn the process of school-degree-job on its head, as students can overstep course-requirements by using work experience to pass department tests.</p> <p> The experimental option only extends to a few bachelor programs, but will certainly expand if successful. Should this apply ...</p> Upcoming DesignDC to include roundtable discussion on school safety and design Justine Testado 2013-09-12T13:17:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:13:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark your calendars for the fast-approaching DesignDC, the annual conference of education and networking at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Sept. 25-26) and the District Architecture Center (Sept. 27) in Washington, DC. For three full days, visitors can attend numerous education sessions that will cover just about every aspect in design. In light of a new school year, a significant topic in this year's conference is continuing the discussion on school safety.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Designing Our World" summercamp: Middle-schoolers get lessons in architecture, urban design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-26T16:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:15:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A day camp sponsored in part by the University of Georgia is introducing middle school students to architecture, landscape architecture, and planning [...] Over the course of a week, the children take field trips, practice using design tools and techniques, and discuss issues related to planning and design. In addition, they have the opportunity to meet and interview design professionals, including some CED faculty.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Five Projects receive the AIA’s 2013 Educational Facility Design Excellence Award Justine Testado 2013-08-23T13:16:00-04:00 >2013-09-20T09:41:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) of The American Institute of Architects honored five educational and cultural projects for the CAE Educational Facility Design Excellence Award on Aug. 7. The Educational Facility Design Awards jury selected the projects they perceived as exemplary learning spaces that further the client's educational programs and goals as well as exhibiting outstanding architectural design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Simple math adds up to a $147 million school Alexander Walter 2013-08-08T18:30:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:20:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Georgia, one school with an eye-popping price tag opened its doors today. $147 million buys North Atlanta High School a 600-seat theater, a food-court-style cafeteria with a smoothie bar and more than 50 acres of athletic fields. But here's another ... less impressive... number: North Atlanta has a graduation rate of only 60 percent. School leaders hope this investment will help turn things around. Is that too much to ask of a building?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> VERSTAS Architects’ Saunalahti School Exemplifies Finnish School Architecture Alexander Walter 2013-07-24T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-07-25T02:18:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Helsinki-based VERSTAS Architects has shared with us the beautiful Saunalahti Comprehensive School project in Espoo, Finland's second largest city. The school building, completed last fall, was the result of an open architecture competition in 2007 which VERSTAS Architects won.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>At the core of the design process for Saunalahti School stood the question of, primarily, how the physical school environment effects the learning results, and secondly, if a school building could also serve the larger audience as well. &ndash; Crucial thoughts considering the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">continuously highest ranking</a> of Finnish education in international comparison.</em></p> A classroom for the 21st century: where are the best places for learning? Archinect 2013-05-14T18:21:00-04:00 >2013-05-21T18:07:20-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... how does using a different physical space have an impact on learning? Bosch argued that changing the environment helps teachers and students to break free from old habits: "One of the things you can do is create an environment where you cannot function the same way as you used to. What happens when you go out of the school into a theatre, you have to improvise. When you improvise, you start learning and developing."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Stern-designed Kohler Environmental Center forces students to work with their zero-energy building Archinect 2013-03-20T17:53:00-04:00 >2013-03-25T20:34:19-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The students were tapped in determining whether to invest in one or two clothes dryers. Would they use drying racks to eliminate the second dryer? Would they give up hair dryers? Would they wear sweaters in winter to permit an energy-saving thermostat setting of 67 degrees? &ldquo;We don&rsquo;t tell students that certain behaviors are unacceptable,&rdquo; said Joseph Scanio, one of the center&rsquo;s two live-in teachers. &ldquo;We discuss things. We make it easy to be intentional about the choices you make.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Reality Check" Premiere Keith Zawistowski 2013-03-07T12:29:00-05:00 >2013-03-07T20:00:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="813" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2012, &#8203;filmmaker Leon Gerskovic chronicled the journey of 16 design/buildLAB students as they conceived and realized the Masonic Amphitheatre. The project, a charitable undertaking, consisted of the complete redevelopment of a post-industrial brownfield into a public park and performance space. Reality Check is their inspirational story.</p></em><br /><br /><p> "Reality Check" a 45-minute documentary about the conception and realization of the Masonic Amphitheatre by the students in Virginia Tech's design/buildLAB will premiere on March 28th at 7PM at VT's Hancock Auditorium. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Leon Gerskovic.</p> <p> Free and open to the public!</p> <p> Go to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> for more information or to schedule a free screening at your own venue.</p> Britain's Architecture postgraduate and master's courses in 2013 Archinect 2013-02-26T14:59:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:12:06-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>University performance: Architecture in our sortable table .</p></em><br /><br /><p> The Guardian has put together a handy sortable table with the UK's architecture postgraduate and master's courses in 2013. Compare tuition fees, student numbers, completion rates, and more.</p> University of Minnesota Launches New Degree: High School to Licensed Architect in Seven Years Design at Minnesota 2013-01-19T17:55:00-05:00 >2013-02-22T09:23:59-05:00 <img src="" width="403" height="174" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Anything we can do to expedite the speed with which people can get licensed is a good thing," says David Cronrath, AIA, Dean of the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. "What Renee [Cheng, Professor and Head of the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture,] has done is establish a roadmap which a lot of people can follow. And, I think, of course they will."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Starting this spring, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Architecture</a>, at the University of Minnesota's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">College of Design</a>,&nbsp;will offer a new concentration in research practices within their master of science in architecture degree (MS-RP) for students starting the fall of 2013. The program aims at halving the amount of time from high school to licensure for architects--from an average of 14.5 years to 7.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> By offering this model, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">School of Architecture</a> nudges the profession toward true culture change, one that expects all students to be licensed upon graduation, regardless of their final career choices. It also takes advantage of recent changes to the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's Intern Development Program and Architect Registration Examination, and leverages the historically strong connection between practice and academy in the Minneapolis/St Paul community.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architect Magazine</a> is out this January with a piece featuring the MS-RP degree.&nbsp; The article details the wo...</p> Winners of the 2012 RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards Archinect 2012-12-06T16:36:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:50:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winners of the 2012 RIBA President&rsquo;s Medals were announced this week at a special ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. Dating back to 1836, the prestigious RIBA President's Medals reward talent and excellence in the study of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Project Pipeline Introduces New Orleans High School Students to Architecture and Design Alexander Walter 2012-08-14T21:09:00-04:00 >2012-08-15T11:59:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>More than 25 high school students from across New Orleans, most of whom had never met an architect, recently took part in the inaugural Project Pipeline Architecture and Design Camp &mdash; a four-day, intensive workshop intended to introduce the process of design to a community with historically limited access to the design profession.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The camp was organized by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA LA) and held at the Tulane School of Architecture.</p> SEEDocs launches with Owe’neh Bupingeh pueblo project Quilian Riano 2012-05-18T17:24:00-04:00 >2012-05-18T20:00:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>SEEDocs launches with the story of the restoration and revitalization of the Owe&rsquo;neh Bupingeh pueblo in Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Team:&nbsp; Atkins Olshin Schade Architects, The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority</p> <p> Location: Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico</p> <p> Issues Addressed:&nbsp; Cultural Heritage, Historic Preservation, Education, Affordable Housing, Job Training, Community Building, Local Identity</p> <p> Project Description:&nbsp; Re-creating a more vital Pueblo center and reinvigorating cultural heritage traditions through the rehabilitation of the historic Pueblo core was this project&rsquo;s focus. The pueblo core is the spiritual, social and cultural center of the Pueblo.&nbsp; Community members were trained in traditional building techniques and played a key role in rebuilding the houses and community spaces. The project also re-appropriated preservation practices and treatment of the Pueblos&rsquo; cultural resources from federal guidelines to what is suitable for Ohkay Owingeh.</p> 33 Alternatives to University or Design School in Europe Archinect 2012-05-14T20:45:00-04:00 >2012-05-15T11:51:09-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To do things differently, it helps to connect with new people and contexts. Universities and design schools seldom make that easy... This handout contains the most interesting ones we&rsquo;ve found so far. It includes [with their permission] the findings of a scoping study for Schumacher College in England. No quality judgment is implied by inclusion in (or omission from) this list.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Design's Invisible Century Places Journal 2012-04-23T14:17:00-04:00 >2012-04-23T14:21:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>All human artifacts and activities &mdash; not just our objects and architecture, but also our organizations and operations, policies and procedures, systems and infrastructures &mdash; have been designed, and too many of the most critical have been badly done by professionals and politicians who didn&rsquo;t know the first thing about design. While we cannot blame them for what they didn&rsquo;t know or couldn&rsquo;t see, the stakes have gotten too high for us to continue in this way.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Places, Thomas Fisher, dean of the Minnesota College of Design, argues that the 21st century is poised to become the "invisible century of design" (rivaling the last hundred years, the invisible century of science). Who will be the Einstein and the Freud of the new design century? We need a revolutionary thinkers to identify and solve critical structural problems.</p> Architecture School 1990-2012: The Future That Is Now Places Journal 2012-03-12T16:32:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T05:03:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is possible to say without too much exaggeration that we now inhabit a version of the future William Gibson first described 25 years ago.... an accumulation of smaller changes, the consequences of which are subtle and all-pervasive as technology has increasingly lodged in unanticipated aspects of our lives. As Gibson has observed, the actual future is often more nuanced and unexpected than the imagined future.</p></em><br /><br /><p> In a chapter from the new book&nbsp;<a href=";tid=12869" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Architecture School</em></a> (MIT Press), edited by Joan Ockman, Princeton School of Architecture Dean Stan Allen traces the history&nbsp;of architecture education over the past two decades&nbsp;&mdash; as he says, a volatile period during which "rapid technological and social changes presented complex challenges to practice and education."</p> Why Cooper Union Matters Archinect 2011-12-13T13:29:00-05:00 >2012-10-02T14:47:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The philosophy that courses through the institution is that education is a higher good, one that enriches the individual and, in so doing, enriches the human community. In this framework, education has its own value&mdash;and this is what makes Cooper Union radical and worth saving, perhaps even worth imitating: It is operating on a fundamentally different idea of what education is, and what it can be.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Master of Architecture program coming to New York Alexander Walter 2011-08-12T15:42:59-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="200" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rochester Institute of Technology has received approval from the New York State Department of Education to offer a Master of Architecture program. A collaboration between RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the Master of Architecture curriculum focuses on the areas of sustainability and urbanism, including integrated practice such as energy efficiency.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Something for our Upstate New Yorkers.</p> Parsons Collaborates with NYC Parks & Recreation to Improve Historic Pool in Washington Heights The New School 2011-07-26T13:01:48-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> NEW YORK, July 26, 2011&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Parsons The New School for Design</a> has joined with NYC Parks &amp; Recreation through the Design Workshop, its innovative design-build studio led by graduate architecture students, to create a new pool pavilion, Splash House, for the Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center, a WPA&ndash;era bathhouse in Washington Heights. The project represents the first of a five-year initiative between NYC Parks &amp; Recreation and Parsons Design Workshop to identify and implement improvements in public spaces across the city.</p> <p> &ldquo;We have been impressed by the professionalism and design skills of the talented students at Parsons,&rdquo; said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. &ldquo;From the master planning process through the various design iterations, and now the construction phase on site, they have worked diligently and intelligently to meet the community&rsquo;s needs. We are looking forward to increasing recreational opportunities at the Highbridge Center.&rdquo;</p> <p> The Highbridge Pool and Recreation Center ...</p>